Lexy Jones’ afternoon at the Olympia Country and Golf Club on Monday was on a downward slide.
After a triple bogey at the eighth hole, she’d had enough.
“I was ready to go home,” the Capital High School freshman said.
But the nine-hole practice round wasn’t over for the Capital girls golf team. When she approached the 125-yard, par-3 No. 9 hole, she took out her 5-iron, hit the ball off the tee and watched it go in the hole.
The hole-in-one was her first in two years of golf.
“I watched it the whole way,” she said. “It didn’t bounce or anything. I didn’t know what to say. I was shocked.”
For the second time in a week, the golf course was the site of a hole-in-one by a high school girls golfer.
Jones’ ace came exactly a week after Shelton’s Felisity Brush got her first hole-in-one on the second hole using a driver in a non-league match with Capital. The Cougars won, 112-48.
Practice or not, it went into the books as an ace for Jones.
Jones and Brush are the only golfers to make holes-on-one at OCGC in 2013.
Jones also is the first Capital golfer to ace a hole under coach Doug Galloway, but assistant coach Joe DeBruyne witnessed both Jones’ and Brush’s achievements.
“I’ve played 40 years and haven’t had one,” Galloway said.
Tyler Jones, general manager of the Olympia Country and Golf Club and father of Lexy Jones, said the course’s Nos. 2, 9 and 13 holes – all par 3s – are the most common to get holes-in-one.
“They’re all pretty close,” he said.
Up until this year, Lexy Jones’ golf experience was limited to the driving range, her father said.
“She really had never played nine holes walking and carrying her own clubs before this year,” Tyler Jones said.
VAN SICKLE SIGNS
Capital High School senior running back Kai Van Sickle has signed a letter of intent to play football at Pima Community College, a two-year school, in Tucson, Ariz.
Van Sickle set a Washington single-season rushing record in the fall when he gained 2,761 yards in 12 games.
He led Capital to the state semifinals for the third time in five years before the Cougars lost to eventual 2A state champion Lynden, 48-21, in November. Van Sickle also set a school record with 39 touchdowns this fall.
Van Sickle said his stepbrother, lineman Baylor Hahn, also will play for Pima.
COACH GOES TO KELSO
For the fifth time this offseason, a local high school has a head football coaching vacancy.
Centralia High School announced earlier this week the resignation of Steve Amrine, who accepted the head coaching job at Kelso.
Amrine coached the Tigers for two seasons; Centralia went 0-9 this past fall. Centralia joins four other local high schools that had offseason resignations: Rainier, Yelm, Black Hills and Rochester.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 firstname.lastname@example.org theolympian.com/southsoundsports @MegWochnick