Bringhurst, Columbia River win 2A golf district titles

Late disqualification helps Chieftains to team title

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A freshman and the Columbia River boys golf team came out on top in a very unusual finish at the Class 2A district golf tournament in Chehalis.

Ridgefield’s Cade Bringhurst, a freshman, posted a easy win, cutting four strokes off his first-round to post a four-shot win at 144.

Bringhurst shot 76 on Tuesday and an even-par 72 on Wednesday.

Columbia River’s Kyle Gomez also cut four shots off his first-round score. He shot 80 on Tuesday and 74 on Wednesday to finish second at 154.

Columbia River beat Ridgefield 118.5-113 for the district team title.

But after regulation play ended Wednesday at Riverside Golf Course, River and Ridgefield actually trailed Tumwater in the team standings.

However, Columbia River’s Brady Yackley was tied for 18th, the final qualifying spot to next May’s state tournament. So a playoff had to be held.

Yackley won the playoff and his opponent from Tumwater so frustrated by his play he slammed his golf club over his bag, resulting in his disqualification from the tournament.

The points lost from a potential 19th-place finish dropped Tumwater into third place in the team standings.

Other locals qualifying for state were Ridgefield’s Kellen Bringhurst (fith) and Cade Whitsitt (13th), Rivers’ Mason Waite and Isaiah Lamont (both 15th) and Hockinson’s Jarret Christensen (17th).

Stars of the day

• Calvin DuBois, La Center boys cross country, won the Trico League championship race in 16 minutes, 52 seconds at Vancouver Lake, leading the Wildcats to the team title.

• Natasha Lewis, La Center girls cross country, won the Trico League championship race in 19 minutes, 19 seconds at Vancouver Lake, leading the Wildcats to the team title.

• Lexi Williams, Columbia River volleyball, had 37 assists as the Chieftains handed Woodland its first league loss of the season.