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Plateau golfers deliver top performances at league tournament

White River captured five of the top eight boys’ slots and three of the top five girls’ performances.

Plateau golfers climbed into the upper reaches of the leaderboard last week when teams from throughout the South Puget Sound League 2A gathered for their league tournament.

During two days of play, participants competed for guaranteed slots into the spring’s state Class 2A tournament. Others earned an opportunity to play in a spring qualifying tourney, thus getting another crack at making a state showing.

The two-day league tourney (18 holes of play on Oct. 13 and another 18 the following day) was staged at the Gold Mountain complex in Bremerton. The league’s boys tackled the Olympic course while the girls dueled on the Cascade course.

Here’s a look at how the teams – both boys and girls – from Enumclaw and White River high schools fared.


Behind the masterful play of Zach Miller, the White River crew captured five of the top eight slots.

Miller was easily the class of the field, opening with a round of 71 and besting that with a 66 on Day 2. He was the only golfer in the field to post a score in the 60s.

Aside from Miller, also securing state tourney berths were Kaden Ausen, who had rounds of 73 and 76 for a two-day total of 149 and placed second in the field; Lane Maras (fourth place, 78-77-155) and A.J. Mills (seventh place, 83-81-164).

Others competing for the White River boys were Arthur Mijares (85-80-165), Alex Wakefield (87-89-176), Mason Arnold (98-91-181) and Jayson Walker (106-89-195).


Leading the way for EHS was Ben Laurnen, who placed third overall after shooting rounds of 78 and 74 to finish at 152. He earned an automatic state berth along with teammate Jake Bort, who tied for fifth place with rounds of 79 and 83 for a total of 162.

Also competing for EHS at Gold Mountain were Jack Craighead, ninth place (83-83-166), Tanner Nichols (92-89-181), Alex Long (88-95-183), Eli Murphy (90-94-164) and Kyle Bell 88-99-187).


Three of the top five performances were turned in by White River golfers.

Brooke Gelinas was No. 1 overall after carding rounds of 72 and 75 to finish at 147. Brooke Mahler joined her as the class of the field, shooting 71 and 81 to finish at 152. Coming in fifth was Lexi Mahler who went 80-90-170. Those three are assured entries into the state 2A tournament.

Other White River golfers – each heading to a spring qualifying tourney where they will have another shot at making the state tournament – were Alle Klemkow (94-88-182), Sophie Ross (98-91-189), Abby Rose (95-99-194) and Emily Moser 100-99-199).


Leading the way at Gold Mountain for the EHS girls was Emma Nitsche, who placed fourth overall with a two-day total of 82-87-169. Her showing guaranteed her a berth in the spring state 2A tourney.

Earning a spot in the spring qualifying tournament, and getting another chance at making it to state, were Brookelyn Jewett, 91-84-175; Emily Alicea, 90-88-178; Raegan Chevalier (90-92-182); Danika Korpe (87-106-103) and Hadley Breidenbach (95-100-195). Also participating for EHS at Gold Mountain was Nina Day (102-101-203).

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