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All-Region girls golf: Jacinda Lee, Camas

Consistency is name of the game for Camas senior

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: May 25, 2024, 6:05am

This spring, it seems like there were three certainties of life — death, taxes and Jacinda Lee putting up a really good round of golf.

The Camas senior has been a model of consistency in three postseason tournaments this month, averaging 73 strokes per round.

And there wasn’t a lot of deviation from the mean.

Lee shot a 74 and 73 to win the 4A district tournament title two weeks ago.

She shot a 73 and 67 to win the 4A bi-district tournament last week.

And her 76 and 74 at The Creek at Qualchan in Spokane, good enough for a runner-up finish at the 4A state tournament.

“That’s just Jacinda,” Camas coach Robert Foster said. “She is just a very consistent golfer. We can always rely on her to put up a good score. It’s been a real pleasure to have her on the team these past four years.”

For her consistency, Lee was selected as The Columbian’s All-Region girls golfer of the year.

Next fall, Lee will take her consistent play to Colorado State, where she plans to study business and finance.

“I chose Colorado State for the golf and for their business school,” Lee said. “They have a really good golf team there. They’ve been able to send players on to the NCAA Tournament. And I felt it was a place where I could really grow my game more.”

Last month at the Pasco Invitational, Lee showed her ability to put up a really low score by matching the course record at Sun Willows Golf Course with a 65.

“I was hitting all my putts that day,” Lee said. “And I stayed out of trouble. Even if my drives weren’t that great, the course was wide open that I was able to stay in good shape.”

Lee has been consistent at the state tournament, too.

Her freshman year at Camas there was no state tournament because of COVID. But her sophomore season she tied for fifth place and placed sixth last year.

Lee found herself in fourth place after Tuesday’s first round in Spokane. But she rallied in the second round to get within one shot of the lead heading to the 18th hole.

But an eagle on No. 18 by Chanyoung Park of Henry Jackson sealed the title for Park.

Lee wasn’t too upset about finishing second. Her Camas teammates dominated the team standings to earn the Papermakers’ first team title.

“I’m really happy about that,” Lee said. “It’s something we’ve been working toward all season, and it’s great to finally get it.”

ALL-REGION TEAM

Girls golfer of the year: Jacinda Lee, sr., Camas

The other members of the All-Region girls golf team:

Maia Carrillo, Columbia River: The 2A Greater St. Helens League player of the year placed 18th at the Class 2A state tournament in Liberty Lake.

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Jasmine Chen, Camas: Chen placed third at the 4A district tournament, was the bi-district runner-up and placed fifth at state.

Jana Knapp, Mark Morris: Knapp was the 2A GSHL champion, District 4 runner-up and placed 10th at the 2A state tournament.

Maddy Moore, Prairie: Moore was the 3A Greater St. Helens League player of the year and won the district title by 27 strokes.

Rachel Rerick, Camas: Rerick was the 4A district runner-up, placed sixth at the bi-district tournament and 13th at the state tournament.

Morgan Schlesinger, Camas: Schlesinger placed fourth at the 4A district tournament, placed 14th at the bi-district and 37th at the state tournament.

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