Ten golfers gunning for a state berth at next week’s qualifier

Meanwhile, another 10 have already qualified.

While a talented handful of Hornet golfers have already qualified for the upcoming Class 2A state tournament, 10 others will be gunning for a state berth next week.

During the South Puget Sound League 2A regular season – which was contested last fall – seven golfers from White River and three from Enumclaw earned their state trips. They qualified based on their performances during the end-of-season league tournament.

At the same time, others earned a berth in the state qualifier, which adds to the pool of players heading to the 2A championships.

The state qualifier, for both boys and girls, will take place May 17 at The Cedars at Dungeness. Following that, the state tourney will be a two-day affair (May 24-25) in Thurston County; the boys will play at Capitol City Golf Club and the girls will compete at Tumwater Valley Golf Club.

Here’s how things shape up for the teams from Enumclaw and White River high schools.

In the state qualifier

Getting another chance to make the state field are six girls – three from EHS and three from White River – and four boys (two from each school).

Competing next week from the Buckley side of the river will be Alle Klemkow, Abby Rose and Sophie Ross in the girls’ tourney and Arthur Mijares and Alex Wakefield on the boys’ side.

From Enumclaw, heading to the girls’ state qualifier are Brookelyn Jewett, Emily Alicea and Raegan Chevalier; on the boys’ side, EHS will be represented by Jack Craighead and Tanner Nichols.

The situation on the boys’ side could change if a state-bound golfer has to pull out; as the first alternate, White River’s Mijares would get the state nod.

Already qualified for state

White River boys: Zach Miller, Kaden Ausen, Lane Maras and A.J. Mills.

White River girls: Brooke Gelinas, Brooke Mahler and Lexi Mahler.

Enumclaw boys: Ben Laurnen and Jake Bort.

Enumclaw girls: Emma Nitsche.