Golfers remain in hunt for titles



For some Clark County golfers, a state championship remained within reach Monday.

Today, they’ll take their shots at the title.

Union’s Alistair Docherty, Hockinson’s Diego De La Torre and Columbia River’s Chloe Bartek were each with three strokes of the lead in their respective tournaments after the first day of the state high school golf championships.

Battling some breezy conditions in Spokane, Docherty shot a first-round 76 at Hangman Valley Golf Course.

He sits in a tie for fourth place at the Class 4A state tournament, just two shots behind leader Kyle Cornett of Jackson.

Battle Ground’s Chad Hall also made the cut, finishing three shots behind Docherty in a tie for 20th place.

De La Torre is in fifth place at the 2A state tournament at The Classic Golf Course in Spanaway after shooting a first-round 78. Chris Babcock of Shorewood leads at 75.

Two other Hockinson golfers made the cut — Nick Huff (80) and Jared Gomez (83) — as well as Woodland’s Trey Udy (85).

Bartek is in eighth place at the 3A girls state tournament with a 76. A trio of golfers are tied atop the leaderboard with a 73.

Prairie’s Amanda Poore (84) and Jamie Stilwell (86), as well as Mountain View’s Rachel Kim (90) and Jenna’e Lecomte (90) also made the cut.

It was a rough first day for defending 1A state champion Brett Johnson of Ridgefield. Johnson shot an 83 at The Home Course in Dupont and is nine strokes off the lead.

Ridgefield teammate Taylor Konkright, who will be playing in the 1A state soccer semifinals Friday for the Spudders, had the best day by a local at the 1A tournament, shooting a 79. Ridgefield’s Cory Smetzler (83) and La Center’s Derick Rivers (84) also made the cut.

Five Greater St. Helens League golfers made the cut in the 3A boys tournament at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane — Mountain View’s Taylor Smith (76) and Collin Herrema (77), Camas’ Braeden Campbell (78) and Daniel Patterson (81) and Fort Vancouver’s Boon Kusolsomboon (81).

Skyview’s Emma Wriston was the lone Clark County golfer to survive the cut in the 4A girls tournament in Spokane, shooting an 84.

Surviving the cut at the 2A girls event in Spanaway were Woodland’s Sesca Jouwsma (92) and Tia Tsugawa (93) and Hockinson’s Kelsey Whiles (95).