Wa-Hi girls golf to fifth at Chiawana Invite

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RICHLAND — Wa-Hi finished in the middle of the pack here Monday at Columbia Point during the Chiawana Invitational girls golf tournament.

Wenatchee led the way in the two-player team competition — nine holes of Chapman play on the front side and nine holes of scramble play on the back — with a 157 score that was 13 strokes better than second-place Chiawana’s 170 score. Each school counted its top two duos.

Moses Lake placed third at 173, followed by Richland 178, Wa-Hi 182, Hanford 184, Southridge 189, Kamiakin 196, Eisenhower 227 and Pasco, which entered an incomplete team.

However, Bulldogs Neydean Martinez and Jalayne Martinez took medalist honors. The Pasco cousins shot 40 during Chapman play and teamed up for a 5-under-par 30 during the scramble portion of the tournament for a total score of 70.

With Jessica Huntsman, Wa-Hi’s No. 1 player, held out of the competition, Addie Chapman and Kendall Dunovant led the Blue Devils with a score of 88. Marissa Jiminez and Kailee Hudson carded 94 for Wa-Hi’s other counting score, and Shanna Postlewait and Adrea Retherford hooked up for a non-counting 115.

“I am extremely pleased,” Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. “We use this tournament for girls who haven’t played much to get into a competition environment, and it was a real learning experience. To finish fifth out of 10 teams with the girls we had over there, it’s exciting to see what we have coming up in the program.”

Wa-Hi won’t play again until after spring break when they travel to Horn Rapids in Richland for the second Mid-Columbia Conference pod match.

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