Published May 16, 2012
Rams’ Lowe sizzles on front 9, easily wins district crown
KELSO – North Thurston sophomore Olivia Lowe shot a 1-under-par 35 on the front nine on her way to a round of 6-over 78 on Tuesday afternoon to win the Class 2A District IV girls golf individual title at Three Rivers Golf Course. Lowe won the district title by 13 shots with a two-day total of 17-over 161. Woodland’s Sesca Jouwsma was runner-up at 174. Woodland won the team title with two golfers placing in the top three; Tia Tsugawa tied Tumwater’s Kayla Monroe for third at 176. Lowe’s previous best for nine holes this season was an even-par 36 during 2A Evergreen Conference regular-season play, when matches are nine holes. Her 1-under score could be a school record, said North Thurston coach Tim Brown, who is in his 11th season coaching girls golf at the school. Lowe, who was the Day 1 leader after an 83 on Monday, had four birdies in Tuesday’s front nine and was “in complete control of her game,” Brown said. “That was her best nine of the year,” Brown said. The top 16 golfers advance to the state tournament May 22-23 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course. In addition to Lowe, North Thurston also sends freshman Andrey Marlatt to state. She finished fifth at 178. “She’s really playing well,” Brown said. “Those were four of her best (nine-hole) scores of the year.” Monroe shot an 84, an eight-shot improvement after Monday’s opening 92. Lowe and Monroe placed eighth and 12th, respectively, at the 2A state tournament last year. Black Hills sends a trio of golfers to state, led by Nicole Adams’ eighth-place finish at 183. Stephanie Roloff (188) placed 10th, and Sara Fontenot (199) was 15th. Tumwater’s Morgan Schimelfenig was 14th (197).