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Jacinda Lee of Camas, Annika Yeh of Mountain View capture district girls golf titles

Lee shoots a 4-under 67 to beat Union's Jade Gruher in 4A tournament

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: May 10, 2023, 6:47pm
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Jacinda Lee of Camas hits a shot on the 16th hole at Mint Valley Golf Course in Longview at the 4A girls golf district tournament on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
Jacinda Lee of Camas hits a shot on the 16th hole at Mint Valley Golf Course in Longview at the 4A girls golf district tournament on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (Tim Martinez/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

LONGVIEW — In a matter of speaking, Jacinda Lee of Camas had herself a heck of a weekend on Wednesday.

“I played over the weekend, and I was 4-under for two rounds,” Lee said. “So going 4-under for just one round (today) is definitely good.”

Lee shot a 4-under-par 67 on Wednesday to win the 4A district girls golf tournament by five strokes, leading Camas to another district team title.

Lee carded a even-par 35 on the front nine, but it was on the back nine when her game really took off.

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Jacinda Lee of Camas hits a shot on the 16th hole at Mint Valley Golf Course in Longview at the 4A girls golf district tournament on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
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“On the front nine, my ball striking was pretty good, but it definitely wasn’t perfect,” Lee said. “But I think the back nine, my putting and my ball striking kind of clicked. And then I got on a roll with some birdies.”

Lee started the day one-shot back of first-round leaders Jade Gruher of Union and Jasmine Chen of Camas after shooting a 1-over 72 on Tuesday.

Chen faltered early, then Gruher had some troubles on the back nine. Not that Lee was aware of any of that. Because tournament rules prohibit teammates from playing in the same group, Lee played in the second-to-last group with players well off the lead.

“It was nice to be able to focus on my own game,” Lee said. “It was just me against the course, and I didn’t have to worry about anybody else.”

Lee finished 36 holes with a 3-under 139. Gruher was second at 144, and Chen was third at 150.

Camas took the team title with a score of 628. Union was second at 714 and also earned a berth to next week’s bi-district tournament at Meadow Park Golf Course in Tacoma.

Like Lee, Annika Yeh of Mountain View didn’t have to worry about anyone else in the 3A tournament at Mint Valley.

Yeh opened the day with 13 stroke lead and then grew that lead 32 strokes after knocking three shots off her first-round score to shoot a 76 on Wednesday, capturing her second straight district title.

“I got my irons more straight today, and I was more consistent with how I was hitting,” Yeh said, who finished with a two-day total of 155.

Jocie Snyder of Evergreen carded 187 to place second, the highest finish by an Evergreen girls golfer at district in more than 20 years. Maddy Moore of Prairie took third at 197.

Mountain View outdistanced Prairie 819-864 to take the 3A team title. Both teams will advance to the 3A bi-district tournament next week at Auburn Golf Course.

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