Ridgefield’s Johnson leads field at 2A boys golf state tournament

Hockinson boys in the mix for high team placing



Ridgefield’s Brett Johnson has a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Class 1A state boys golf tournament, while the Hockinson boys golf team hopes to make a run at a team title at the 2A tournament.

All tournaments for boys and girls in each classification are scheduled to hold their final rounds today at various locations throughout Washington.

In the 4A girls tournament, Union’s Belex Cheng is four shots off the lead.

Williams fired a 71 at the Home Course in DuPont, two strokes better than Ilwaco’s Ryan Kukula and Chimacum’s Mason Moug.

Johnson’s teammate, Taylor Konkright, also made the cut. Konkright scored an 82.

In the 2A boys, three Hawks are within 11 strokes of the lead. Hayden Christensen shot a 78, Nick Huff scored a 79, and Jarred Gomez posted a 83 at the Classic Course in Spanaway. Andrew Kennedy of Interlake leads with a 72.

“Mission accomplished. We got three to the second day,” Hockinson coach Dennis DeWitt said. “I’m cautiously optimist we’ll have a top finish. I’m hoping for a win. I think we can win this thing. If people have a pretty decent day tomorrow, we’re in a really strong position to win.”

The team title is determined by a points system based on the final placing of the golfers. The more players from one team who advance to the final day, the more opportunities to score points.

Hockinson’s golfers are currently in 13th, 15th and 34th place.

The big challenge will be overcoming Interlake of Bellevue, which has golfers in first, and two tied for ninth.

Othello also had three golfers make the cut, and Clarkston had four.

Woodland’s Trey Udy is not necessarily thinking of the team win, but he is in position to make a run for the individual title. He sits in a tie for ninth place, five shots behind the leader.

Connor O’Neill of Washougal, the defending 2A champion, made the cut with an 82.

In the 4A boys, Andrew Spicer of Union is in 11th place, five shots off the lead at Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane. Dom Francks of Olympia leads with a 70.

Four other Clark County golfers also broke 80 in the 4A tourney: Alistair Docherty of Union and Garrett Kooistra of Skyview each shot a 79, and Chad Hall of Battle Ground and Ian Spicer of Union carded 79s.

In the 3A boys tourney, Camas’ Daniel Patterson shot a 76 at MeadowWood Golf Course in Spokane.

However, he has a lot of ground to gain. He’s in 21st place, tops among Clark County golfers. Samson Martinez of Pasco leads with a 67.

Cosmo Peng of Camas and Tyler Porter of Prairie each had 77s, and Eric Sjogren of Columbia River fired a 78.

In the 4A girls tournament at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, Cheng shot a 74, four behind Catherina Li of Kentwood. Maddy Alamillo of Battle Ground shot an 82 and made the cut.

Two golfers from Columbia River — Chloe Bartek (83) and Mela Ana Kastner (93) — two from Prairie — Maddy Ward (86) and Amanda Poore (93) — and two from Mountain View — Amelia Dale (91) and Rachel Kim (93) — all made the cut at the 3A tournament at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane.

Rachel Lewis of Peninsula and Cassie McKinney of Shorewood scored 71s for the lead.

In the 2A tournament, Nicole Sallee of Woodland (90) and Kelsey Whiles of Hockinson (94) made the cut. Cherokee Kim of Steilacoom and Paige Whidbee of Pullman lead the way with 72s at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.

In the Class B boys tournament, Chris Crenshaw of King’s Way Christian (93) made the cut, 19 shots off the lead.