Weather blows away SK golfers' chance for a repeat

"Normally, one of the things you try to avoid on the golf course is hitting a tree.On April 27 at Kitsap Golf and Country Club, the thing for the 48 entrants in the Tim Higgins Memorial Tournament to avoid was being hit by a tree.Swirling wind, horizontal rain and the occasional flying branch made the normal hazards seem less hazardous during the 35th edition of the invitational tournament, which gathers teams from a dozen local high schools.Central Kitsap's quartet had the most success dodging the abundant trouble, totaling 316 strokes to wrest back the team title it lost to South Kitsap last year. The Wolves were three strokes back.Bainbridge Island junior Joe Lanza, whose low, line-drive style and fine-tuned short game is suited to blustery conditions, won medalist honors with a 3-over-par 74, one shot better than South Kitsap sophomore Brady Sharp.Carlee Hanson, another soph, led the Central Kitsap contingent with a 76 that included the low score (36) for the front side and tied her for third individually with Bremerton's Chris Keough and Port Angeles' Dayne Huber.Sharp, playing in his first Higgins, finished with a 39-36 round of 75 that left him just one stroke away from the medal. It also left him unhappy.I had a triple bogey on No. 4, two three-putts, and I bogeyed the last two holes, he said, shaking his head at a score that would've delighted most of the other entrants.Last year's medalist, South Kitsap senior Brian Wilson, was ambushed by a couple bad holes and finished at 78, combining with Sharp to put the Wolves in contention to defend the title they won by 15 shots last year.But SK's other two golfers, Ryan Aker and Jason Nolan, carded identical rounds of 83, leaving the door open for Central Kitsap. When Hausdorf and Robbins both came in at 79 and Haylee Hanson finished at 82 - tying for 14th place - things added up favorably for the Cougars."

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