Talented and battle-tested golfers from both Enumclaw and White River high schools competed in postseason tournaments last week.
For White River, competing in the Class 2A ranks, the Medalist Tournament served to send top golfers directly to the 2A state tournament; others earned a slot in the spring qualifier, which serves as a second chance to land a state berth.
The Medalist Tournament was contested Oct. 15-16 at the Eagles Pride course in DuPont.
Enumclaw golfers competed Oct. 14-15 at the Gold Mountain complex in Bremerton. Selected finishers earned berths into the spring state qualifier, where they will compete for berths into the Class 4A state tourney.
Local prep golfers were clearly prepared for tournament action, having gone undefeated during league play. The four programs – boys and girls from both schools – combined to post a 48-0 league mark.
After winning their league title the White River girls placed second in the postseason tourney, a step behind the Hazen Highlanders.
At Eagles Pride, a trio of White River girls – Brooke Gelinas, Brooke Mahler and Emma McGregor – earned berths in their state tourney. Mahler was the top finisher in the SPSL field, opening with a 73 and posting an 82 on Day 2 for a 155 total. Gelinas was second in the field with a 159 total (81-78) and McGregor finished fourth with a 187 (96-91).
Rylie Lund (111-113-224) and Emily Moser (115-122-237) placed ninth and 11th in the field, respectively, each earning a slot into the state qualifier.
The White River boys’ team also saw a trio of golfers earn automatic slots into the state tourney. Zach Miller, Lane Maras and Arthur Mijares advanced, taking three of the tournament’s 14 state slots. Miller, the team’s top golfer all season, opened with a 70 and added a 72, totaling 142. Maras shot 87 on Day 1, added a second-round 90, finishing at 177. Mijares posted a pair of 90s, finishing at 180, to advance to state.
Heading to the spring qualifier are Alex Wakefield (92-97-189), Tanner Penrose (95-97-192), Jackson Flanigan (102-87-189), Tyson Campbell (103-93-196) and AJ Mills (97-99-196).
The Enumclaw High School boys, on the heels of their regular-season title, captured the league tournament at Gold Mountain.
At the 4A level, golfers do not automatically qualify for the state tournament but, rather, advance to the spring’s state qualifying tourney. Seven of Enumclaw’s eight golfers will be playing in the spring.
Those advancing are: Jaeger Christian, 72-70-142; Ty Albrecht, 69-75-144; Cameron Serba, 76-80-156; Ben Laurnen, 81-77-158; Wyatt Bort, 80-79-159; Colton Willson, 78-83-161; and Tristen Nichols 87-82-169.
Among all golfers in the field, Christian was the individual champion, Albrecht placed third, Serba was seventh and Laurnen wound up 10th.
On the girls’ side, all nine Hornets who participated in the league tourney advanced to play in the West Central District state qualifying tournament next May.
Those nine were Emma Murphy, 85-80-165, 11th place overall; Danyel Korpe, 87-84-171, tied for 14th; Maya Rismiller, 91-87-178, 21st; Meredith Petellin, 90-92-182, tied for 25th; Ava Jenkins, 87-96-183, tied for 27th; Maddie Rubin, 99-87-186, tied for 29th; Emma Nitsche, 93-97-190, tied for 34th; Brookelyn Jewett, 99-91-190, tied for 34th; and Alina Adams, 112-106-218, 57th.