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South Kitsap teams take seventh at state
A pair of South Kitsap High School lady golfers said hello and goodbye to the 4A state golf championships Tuesday in the Tri-Cities.
While Senior Molly Ingham closed out her prep career with a 24th place finish (82-93 175) at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick Tuesday, while sophomore Kathryn Lawman (88-96 184) made what she hopes to be the first of three state appearances.
The combined scores were good enough for 21.5 points for seventh place in the team scoring.
Ingham, making her third straight appearance at state, shot an opening-round 82 but fell back in the field after shooting a 93 in the final round.
Windy conditions hampered nearly all of the prep golfers scores on the second day, SK coach Bob Murphy said.
I think there were only three, four, or five golfers who shot lower scores on the second day, Murphy said. The conditions were uncomfortable but the wind wasnt horrific.
Lawman accomplished her goal of gaining some experience and making the cut, but was admittedly disappointed with her play.
That was definitely one goal of mine (making the cut), Lawman said. But I couldnt get anything going. I felt a lot of pressure to do well.
Lawman said she was driving well but was discouraged with her putting, which included half a dozen lip-outs.
It would have helped if she played with a more challenging field, Lawman said.
I feel if I had played with a stronger field I would have been motivated to play better, Lawman said.
As for the wind, Lawman said she had a hard time concentrating on her putts.
The wind was pretty strong (the second day), she said. It would cause you to second guess (shot selections). I just couldnt get relaxed.
Lawman, who only picked up golf clubs two years ago, said she will play in a variety of Washington State Junior Golf Association tournaments this summer and play her way back to the state tournament with better results.
Ingham proved she was better than the alternate status she earned at the district tournament nearly two weeks ago.
Because a golfer suffered appendicitis shortly after the district tournament, Ingham earned the right to go to state.
Molly certainly removed any doubts that she belonged there, Murphy said. Im very happy both were able to make to the second day. Im very happy with the season. Its been a real positive experience for everybody.
The SK junior duo of Ryan Aker and Brady Sharp combined for 32.5 points and a tie for seventh place at Meadow Springs Golf Course in Richland.
They placed eighth as a team last year as sophomores.
Aker tied for 17th place with a pair of 77s.
Prior to the tournament, Aker said he was well aware of the wind in the Tri-Cities but said his natural low-ball hitting would lessen the amount of errors.
That proved true as he tied for third-best score in the second round of the tournament. He played real good in the wind, SK coach Sean Duttry said of Aker. The scoring doesnt reflect it but he was two strokes from fifth place.
Sharp, who was a stroke lower than Aker with a 76 in the first round, struggled with his putting, especially during the final round.
Brady three-putted 12 times, Duttry said. But if he had three-putted only 10 times we could have placed third as a team. It was very windy and the greens were super fast and slopey. Brady couldnt get confident (on the greens).
Duttry said both golfers were upset shortly after the tournament but shook it off on the trip home.
Theyve got one more crack at it next year, Duttry said. Theyll be hungry then.