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Three South Kitsap golfers stroke their way to state

"A year after making their first trip to state, South Kitsap High School's Brady Sharp, Ryan Aker, and Molly Ingham are making a return trip to the 4A state golfing championships in Bellingham on May 21-22.The pair qualified for state by placing in the top 11 of the Narrows League tournament held at Spanaway Lake Golf Course May 15-16.Sharp (69-73 -142) and Aker (73-77-150), both sophomores, placed second and seventh respectively in the tournament. Capital's Andres Gonzales (68-69--137) was five strokes better than Sharp to earn the league title.Ingham (95-89--184), a junior, tied for seventh.Peninsula's Ashleigh Gilhuly (84-81--165) earned top honors.Sharp and Aker shot four strokes better in the opening round than the final round, while Ingham shot six strokes better in the final round to assure her a spot at state.The SK trio travels to Bellingham. Ingham will tee off at Sudden Valley Golf Course, with Sharp and Aker playing at Avalon Golf Club.Aker and Ingham failed to advance to the final round last year, but Sharp advanced and placed 14th (73-73--149).Ingham's failure to make the final cut last year has been a motivation for this season.Already, Ingham said she has noticed a big difference in her game.It feels like my game is starting to come together right now, Ingham said. My chipping and putting is stronger this year.Ingham said she wouldn't be pleased with anything less than making the cut.This year it was my goal to to make it to the second day at state, she said. I just have to stay focused and not worry about anybody but myself.Ingham said there's no telling how well she could do if she plays the way she is capable of playing.I'm capable of scoring in the low 80s, she said. I can achieve that goal if it all comes together.SK boys coach Sean Duttry said Sharp and Aker could give SK a state team title if both finish in the top 10.Though teams like Gig Harbor have twice as many golfers, Duttry said anything is possible since the odd scoring doesn't reward teams with more players in the field.They're both playing really good right now, Duttry said. They're playing as good as they've ever played, and they're confident.They'll be competing against a bulk of seniors who have earned college scholarships, but that won't phase the sophomores who are a year older and a year wiser, Duttry said.Ingham, Sharp, and Aker have never played on their respective golf courses but will play a practice round Sunday before the opening round Monday.Narrows League ChampionshipAt Lake Spanaway Golf Course Boys state qualifiers (par 71)Andres Gonzales, Capital 68-69--137Brady Sharp, SK 69-73--142Eric Ahn, Bellarmine 73-71--144Devan Boyd, Olympia 73-72--145Brian Misterek, Gig Harbor 72-75--147Joe Snope, Gig Harbor 78-70--148Ryan Aker, SK 73-77--150Michael Harbour, Capital 75-75--150Sean Neery, Gig Harbor 77-75--152David Klein, Peninsula 79-75--154Dan Miller, Gig Harbor 77-77--154Girls state qualifiers (par 74)Ashleigh Gilhuly, Peninsula 84-81--165Kristin Stanley, Bellarmine 84-82--166Katie Bender, Bellarmine 90-85--175Stephanie Ploof, Bellarmine 92-85--177Michelle Timpani, Gig Harbor 93-84--177Jillian Zech, Capital 86-92--178Donna Oh, Capital 88-91--179Blythe McLoughlin, Gig Harbor 96-88--184Molly Ingham, SK 95-89--184Ali Gibson, Bellarmine 93-94--187Anne Morkill, Bellarmine 98-90--188 "

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