High school golf: Elma’s Keating keeps calm, claims state title

Staff reportMay 30, 2014 

With the pressure on late in her golf round, a song whistled through Elma High School junior Lauryn Keating’s head.

It’s called “We Own It (Fast & Furious)” — a tune produced by 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa for the “Fast and Furious 6” soundtrack.

And after Thursday, Keating owned her first Class 1A girls golf championship.

She didn’t just win it — she took down two-time defending 1A champion Bree Wanderscheid, of Goldendale, in the process at Lake Spanaway Golf Course. Keating’s late rally edged Wanderscheid by one stroke.

“The past two state championships, I have been third behind her and my sister (in 2012) and her and Madison (Bentley of Life Christian in 2013),” Keating said. “It was a pretty big thing for me coming back ... to take it.”

Keating, a University of Colorado commit, came to the 17th hole trailing by one shot, but coaxed in an 8-foot putt for par. Wanderscheid missed the green and failed to get up and down for par to fall into a tie for the lead.

Both girls were in the right rough on the 18th hole, a par 4. Wanderscheid’s approach shot

from 125 yards stayed left. Keating’s pitching wedge shot from 10 yards closer stopped on the green, 12 feet away from the hole.

“I definitely felt my heartbeat go a little faster, but focused on a couple of swing thoughts,” Keating said. “And I had that song in my head to calm me down.”

Wanderscheid left her chip short, then missed a 20-footer for par. Keating two-putted for par to finish off a 1-over-par 73 round.

Keating finished the tournament at 7-over 151. Wanderscheid (76) was second at 152.

Keating’s sister, Alexis, won the 2A title in 2010 at Apple Tree Golf Course in Yakima.

 • In the 2A girls tournament at The Classic Golf Club in Spanaway, Capital scored 58 points to finish third behind Bellingham (98) and Hockinson (73).

Kelsey Wilder (20th place), Naomi Yamamoto (21st) and Mica Livingston (24th) were the three Cougars finishers.

“I thought our girls played well, especially today,” Capital coach Mark Mansfield said. “We just talked about it being ... the last day to have fun, so play their own game and not try and do too much.”

Tumwater’s Kayla Monroe closed with an 18-over 92 to finish tied for fourth at 178. Fife’s Kendall Gray won the 2A title at 159.

 • In the 4A boys tournament at Camas Meadows, Olympia’s Nolan Backman shot his second consecutive 3-over 75 to finish at 6-over 150, tying for 13th.

After birdies at the 16th and 17th holes, Backman was well inside the top 10. But his second shot at the par-5 landed in a sand divot, and he plopped his third shot into the greenside pond, leading to double bogey.

“Today he started off strong,” Olympia boys coach Skip Fabritius said. “He had a couple bad breaks — a bad hop on one hole and ... the divot at No. 18. But we saw some great stuff from Nolan the last two days.”

Other high finishers included Rochester’s Deric Hawes (fifth in 1A boys at 151) and Northwest Christian’s Mackenzie Reeves (ninth in 2B/1B girls at 204).

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