SPORTS: Area prep golf teams fill their state rosters

BREMERTON — Area golf teams finalized their state rosters at the West Central District championships at Gold Mountain Golf Club with every team picking up a golfer or two to send to state.

In 2A girls competition, the Wolves qualified two more for state while Dana Fox punched her ticket to state for Port Angeles.

In 2A boys action, the Sequim Wolves added Casey Torres to their state list.

Results for the Port Angeles boys was not available.

In 1A action, Chimacum qualified three for state while one missed the cut by three strokes, and Port Townsend’s Gabriel Hensley also just missed the state cut by four.

In 2A competition, the top eight at districts join the top eight from sub-districts to represent the West Central District at state.

The top three Port Angeles golfers qualified for state the week before while Alex Atwell and Bryan Schlinkmann were vying for state berths at district this week.

Port Angeles’ Big Three of Joe Barnes, Garrett Payton and Jordan Negus all finished in the top eight at the sub-districts last week.

Payton was the sub-district medalist.

Sequim’s Torres will join teammate Ryan O’Mera at 2A state after scoring an 84 for seventh place at the district meet.

Torres was steady with a 42 on the front nine and a 42 on the back nine.

Frank Catelli of Sequim missed making state when he had problems with the fast greens at Gold Mountain.

“Frank had a tough day on the super-fast putting greens,” Sequim boys golf coach Bill Shea said.

O’Mera, meanwhile, took second at sub-districts and will be the No. 2 district seed at state.

On the girls side, SEquim’s Hailey Estes and Elisa Sallee will join teammate Maddy Fisher at state.

Fisher qualified last week with a top-eight sub-district finish while Estes tied for third at districts with a 96 and Sallee shot a 99 for fifth place.

The top seven of the 24 girls at district qualified for next week’s state competition.

Sequim’s Kaylee Ditlefsen missed the state cut.

Meanwhile, Fox will join Roughrider teammate Sydney Rauch at state. Rauch qualified last week by finishing in the top eight at sub-districts.

Fox shot 92 for second place at districts. She had a little problem with the fast greens but otherwise performed well, Port Angeles girls golf coach Beth Krause said.

“It was a beautiful day, and Dana had fun,” Krause said.

“The greens were tough; the ball would roll right over the top.”

In 1A competition at Gold Mountain, meanwhile, the Cowboys had a strong tri-district showing with Kevin Miller, Riley Downs and Nathan Browning all qualifying for state with Jack Hilt just missing the cut by three strokes.

Miller tied for ninth place with an 80 (40 on each the front and back nines), while Downs tied for 17th with 84 and Browning tied for 25th with 87.

Orting’s Joe Harvie was tri-district medalist with 75 while Lynden Christian won the tri-district team title.

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