Tumwater High School coach Brent Bryant knows senior Kayla Monroe had her chances Wednesday during the first round of the Class 2A girls state golf championships at The Classic in Spanaway.
But Bryant also said he feels Monroe has an “outside shot” as a state title contender in Thursday’s final round.
“She can put it together,” Bryant said. “She can easily shoot par on this course, but sometimes it just gets away from her.”
Monroe’s opening-round 86 was seven strokes off the lead — held by Fife’s Kendall Gray (79), bound for Idaho next year — as double bogeys on holes 17 and 18 shoved 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).
The 2A Evergreen Conference had four boys 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 Brent Chapin (85), Joel Christopher (87) and Gabriel Barnes (87).
Day One leader Matt Marrese (65) of Sammamish had a hole-in-one on the 15th.
In the 4A boys tournament at Camas Meadows Golf Club, birdies on Nos. 10, 11 and 12th had Olympia junior Nolan Backman in a prime position, tied for 10th at 3-over-par 75.
Bears coach Skip Fabritius said Backman’s performance was like “night and day” once he hit the back nine. He finished 1-under 35 on the final nine holes, jump-started by the three consecutive birdies.
“It certainly clicked the swagger, and he came back and felt a little more comfortable,” Fabritius said.
AROUND THE COURSES
Yelm’s TiAnna Ford (90) was one of the final golfers to make the cut at the 4A girls tournament at Vancouver’s Club Green Meadows . … In 3A, Shelton’s Grant Cation and Mitchell DeAndre each shot a 78 at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, while Nicolas Guyer withdrew from the competition. On the girls side, North Thurston’s Audrey Marlatt shot a 93, followed by Shelton’s Rilee Villanueva (94) to make the final-round cut at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland. … In 1A at Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Elma’s Lauryn Keating was in second place with a 78, two strokes behind two-time defending girls champion Bree Wanderscheid of Goldendale. Rochester’s Deric Hawes shot a 76 in the boys tournament. … Northwest Christian’s Mackenzie Reeves (102) advanced to the final round of Thursday’s 1B/2B tournament at Lakewood’s Oakbrook Golf and Country Club.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com