Olympia High School’s Brendan McCauley played well and finished fifth at the Class 4A boys golf state tournament Wednesday at Camas Meadows.
But his enduring memory of the round will be his tee shot at the 154-yard, par-3 13th hole.
He struck a perfect 9-iron shot and watched the ball disappear for his first hole in one.
He got celebratory high-fives from the others in his threesome – Jackson’s Kyle Cornett and Kentridge’s Ahren Young – and loud roars from the large gallery of fans who had gathered at the green.
“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 ace helped spark a strong performance on the final six holes to a second-round 77 and a tie for fifth with a two-day total of 150.
McCauley finished six shots behind Camas freshman Brian Humphreys (144), who shot a final-round 74 to win the
McCauley said he wasn’t playing well before the 13th hole. On the front nine, he shot a 43 and his first three holes on the back nine weren’t great, either. Much of that had to do with the miserable, wet playing conditions that plagued golfers all day, but McCauley was able to power through it, noting “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, McCauley had a pair of birdies.
Bears teammate Nolan Backman finished 34th (162) to help the pair place 10th in the team standings with 42 points.
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, the first-day leader, shot a 75 to finish five shots behind individual champion Aaron Whalen of Ephrata, who fired a 3-under 69.
W.F. West 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 GIRLS 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 57.5 points at The Classic in Spanaway.
Noami Yamamoto (188) finished 13th. 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).
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 at Lake Spanaway. Bree Wanderscheid of Goldendale shot a 71 and repeated as the state champion. … North Thurston’s Audrey Marlatt was 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 for a two-day total of 186 at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver. … Rochester’s Deric Hawes was 29th in Class 1A boys at Lake Spanaway with a 168. … Shelton’s Zach Lund (161) and Mitchell DeAndre (174) finished 24th and 42nd, respectively, at the 3A boys event in Ridgefield.The Olympian firstname.lastname@example.org theolympian.com/southsoundsports