State golf: Olympia's Brendan McCauley aces No. 13 hole at Camas Meadows, places fifth; other state golf highlights

May 22, 2013 

Olympia High School junior Brendan McCauley picks up his hole-in-one ball from the 13th hole at Camas Meadows during Wednesday's final round of the Class 4A boys golf state tournament (photo courtesy of McCauley family).


By Meg Wochnick
Staff writer
As memorable as his fifth-place finish was at the Class 4A boys golf state tournament, Olympia High’s Brendan McCauley might cherish his shot from the 13th hole at Camas Meadows more.

McCauley, a junior, had yet to hit a hole-in-one in all the years he’s played golf, until he watch his tee shot drop in from 154 yards out using his 9-iron, getting celebratory High-5s from the other golfers in his threesome -- Jackson's Kyle Cornett and Kentridge's Ahren Young -- and loud roars from the large gallery that had gathered at the hole.

“I was freaking out,” McCauley said. “It was crazy. I knew it was going for the pin. For a second, I thought it was going to be short.”

Fitting how he got his first ace after half-joking about it with the other golfers in his threesome.

“We were talking about how cool it would be if I got a hole-in-one right now,” McCauley said.

His par-3 ace helped spark his performance on the final five holes to finish with a final-round 77 to place fifth overall with a two-day total of 150, sharing fifth-place honors with Lynnwood’s Rudy Caparas on Wednesday.

McCauley admitted he wasn't play well before the 13th hole. On the front nine, he shot a mediocre 43 and the first three holes on the back nine weren’t great, either. Lot of that had to do with the miserable conditions that plagued golfers all day, but McCauley was able to power through it, also noting that “you have to know mentally there’s players that struggle.” His 77 was the third-best score of the day.

“(The weather) was not enjoyable in anyway, shape or form,” Olympia coach Skip Fabrius said.

In addition to his hole-in-one on the par-3, McCauley also had a pair of birdies. Teammate Nolan Backman finished 34th (162) as the pair helped the Bears place 10th in the team standings with 42 point.

Camas freshman Brian Humphreys fired a final-round 74 to win the individual title (144).

Calkins 2nd at 2A: W.F. West senior Brady Calkins’ second-place finish at Chambers Bay helped the Bearcats to a runner-up finish in the team standings with 88 points. Calkins finished five shots back of individual champion Aaron Whalen of Ephgrata, who fired a 3-under-69 to take the lead from Calkins, who led after Day 1 with a 2-under 70. Teammate Jared Rasmussen, a Saint Martin’s signee, was 13th (162) and Jacob Botten was 25th (169). Capital’s Joel Christopher finished 17th (164), Centralia’s Tucker Voetberg was 31st (172) and Black Hills’ Jake Shier was 37th (174).

Capital 4th at 2A: With three of its golfers placing in the top 25, Capital’s girls golf team placed fourth in the team race with 57.50 points, led by Noami Yamamoto’s 188, good for 13th place. Kelsey Wilder (203) and Alison Kweciak (204) finished 25th and 27th, respectively. Tumwater’s Kayla Monroe, the District IV champion last week, was 11th (180).

AROUND THE COURSES: Elma’s Lauryn Keating repeated a third-place finish from a year ago at the Class 1A girls state tournament, firing a two-day total of 156. Bree Wanderscheid of Goldendale repeated as the state champion after shooting a 1-under 71 Wednesday. ... North Thurston’s Audrey Marlatt finished 23rd at the 3A state girls tournament at Woodland’s Lewis River Golf Course with a two-day total of 185. ... Olympia’s Melanie Pedigo shot a 98 Wednesday for a two-day total of 186 at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver. ... Rochester’s Deric Hawes was 29th at the Class 1A boys tournament at Lake Spanaway with a 168. ... Shelton’s Zach Lund (161) and Mitchell DeAndre (174) finished 24th and 42nd, respectively, at the 3A boys tournament at Tri-Mountain in Ridgefield.