Tumwater High girls golf coach Brent Bryant knows senior Kayla Monroe had her chances Wednesday at the first day of the Class 2A girls state golf championship at The Classic in Spanaway, but he also said he feels Monroe has an “outside shot” as a state title contender for Thursday’s final-round.
“She can put it together,” Bryant said of Monroe. “She can easily shoot par on this course, but sometimes, it just gets away from her.”
Monroe’s opening-round 86 is seven shots off the lead -- held by Fife’s Kendall Gray (79), bound for Idaho next year -- but double-bogeys on holes 17 and 18 took dipped her down to fifth place.
“That’s four strokes right there at 82 (overall),” Bryant said. “She definitely had her chances.”
Three Capital golfers made the final-day cut on the same course. Naomi Yamamoto had the Cougars’ best showing with a 96, followed by Kelsey Wilder, the district runner-up last week to Monroe, with a 97, and Mica Livingston (104).
In 4A at Camas Meadows Golf Course in Clark County, Olympia's Nolan Backman’s three straight birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12th has the junior in a prime top-10 position at 3-over-par 75. Backman is tied for 10th heading into Thursday, a day that Bears coach Skip Fabritius described as “night and day” once he hit the back nine. He finished 1-under 35 on the final nine holes, jumpstarted with the three straight birdies.
“It certainly clicked the swagger and he came back and felt a little more comfortable,” Fabritius said.
The Class 2A Evergreen Conference had four boys golfers shoot in the 80s to advance to Thursday’s final round at Chambers Bay in University Place: Black Hills’ Jake Shier (82), and Capital’s trio of Brent Chapin (85), Joel Christopher and Gabriel Barnes, who both shot an 87. The Day 1 leader, Sammamish’s Mark Maresse (65), had a hole-in-one on the 15th hole.
AROUND THE COURSES: In 3A, Shelton’s Grant Cation and Mitchell DeAndre both shot a 78 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, while Nic Guyer was forced to withdraw from the competition. ... Yelm’s TiAnna Ford (90) was the final golfer to make the second-day cut at the Class 4A girls tournament at Vancouver’s Club Green Meadows . ... On the 3A girls side, North Thurston’s Audrey Marlatt shot a 93, followed by Shelton’s Riley Villanueva (94) to make the final-round cut at at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland. ... In 1A, Elma’s Lauryn Keating sits in second place (78), two shots behind behind two-time defending state champion Bree Wandersheid of Goldendale (76), while Rochester's Deric Hawes shot at 78 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course. ... Northwest Christian's Mackenzie Reeves (102) advances to the final round of Thursday's 2B/1B meet at Lakewood’s Oakbrook Golf and Country Club.