TACOMA — A year ago, Shelton High School’s Alec Martinson was one of the better golfers in the Class 4A ranks. He was close to challenging for the Narrows League 4A title, and ended up finishing tied for eighth at the state championships.
In 2013, his school moved down to 3A, where the Bellarmine Preps, Olympias and Central Kitsaps have been replaced by others with less tradition.
And he has noticed.
Martinson still went about his business Wednesday, claiming the Narrows 3A boys title after closing with a 5-over-par 77 in the final round of the league tournament at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
He finished at 10-over 154 — not great by his high standards — but still seven strokes ahead of teammate Grant Cation (76–161).
Timberline’s Mikayla Blumer won the Narrows 3A girls crown. She shot 92 on Wednesday to edge North Thurston’s Audrey Marlatt (91) by three strokes.
Shelton’s boys swept the top
three spots with Martinson, Cation and Zach Lund (163).
“We’re definitely improving,” Martinson said, “even though it was a rough day for all of us.”
Both days, the final five holes gave Martinson fits. He was even par through 13 holes in both rounds, and finished those last five holes in 5-over par.
In 4A, that might have cost him an automatic berth to the state tournament. Not in 3A.
“Yeah, it is weird — a little different,” Martinson said. “Not as much of a challenge, of course.”
The top of the leaderboard in the 4A boys tournament was crowded going into the back nine. One of the co-leaders was Olympia’s Brendan McCauley, who played in the final group.
After that, Central Kitsap’s Aubrey MacKenzie took over, making three birdies and an eagle in a crucial five-hole stretch to win the tournament by four strokes.
MacKenzie shot 70, and finished with a two-day total of 1-under 143. McCauley, the runner-up, shot 74 — but still earned an automatic berth to the state tournament.
“It would have been cool to win,” McCauley said. “State is our biggest tournament.”
Brendan’s cousin, Connor McCauley, emerged from a three-man playoff to also earn one of the automatic state spots. He edged Bellarmine Prep’s Sam Highsmith on the fourth extra hole with a scrambling par.Todd Milles: 253-597-8442 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/preps @ManyHatsMilles