|5/29/2014 10:56:00 AM|
Five Cascade golfers qualify for State Tourney
The home course advantage seemed to work wonders for the Cascade golf team on May 20. The Kodiaks hosted the Bi-District Tournament last week at the Leavenworth Golf Club.
Photo by Ian Dunn
Cascade qualified five golfers for the State Golf Tournament, this week at Lake Spanaway. Logan Nielson pictured
Nathan Wells, Gunnar Stubblefield, Tyler Bain, Logan Nielson and Jasmine Neubauer all qualified for the State Tournament, May 28, 29 at Lake Spanaway.
"The kids have been working very hard on their games since last week. Several players put in five hours of practice a night to sharpen their golf skills, playing often until darkness," said Randy Alexander, Cascade head coach. "Our goals that we set for the season were to qualify as many people from the CTL Championships and come home to play in the state qualifier here at our home course."
Wells led the Kodiaks with an 84. Stubbfield shot 89, Bain 91, Nielson 92 and Neubauer 104. Nielson qualified after a sudden death playoff with Braden Stejer of Freeman. He won on the first playoff hole. Alex Woods shot 103, just missing the cut. Neubauer finished eighth overall among the girls.
"Jasmine had put in more time on the course than anyone this past week," Alexander said. "She made it a point to be on the golf course everyday. Her hard work and persistence has paid off."
Ryan Maine of Freeman was medalist, shooting a 76. Clayton Osborn of Cashmere was second, shooting a 78. Casey Jackson of Chelan was medalist for the girls with a 93.
"My pre-match speech included all the small things that, as individuals, each had worked on during the week. It includes swing speed for some, being conscious of setup for some, course management for all," he said. "For we all knew the course was in great shape; it was going to play long for the boys; and that the greens were going to be pretty slick because all the conditions that were used for the Bavarian Tourney the weekend before, were being held over for the Bi-District Tourney."
Alexander said they knew from the pin placements, some of the greens would be tough. The team knew you had to hit the right spot on the green. That's where the home course advantage came in to play.
"We really felt that being on our home course was going to be to our advantage. I told the kids that we didn't have to play great to advance just to play good," he said. "Being the starter for the tournament, I had privilege to watch all the tee shots off the first tee. There happened to be quite the gallery. Maybe 100 folks total, for a while. This created some pressure to do well and some didn't. Some of us are not used to that kind of pressure. But it is good, it will be that way at State."
Alexander said he was very pleased how the kids played, and felt perhaps they could have played ever better.
"Maybe the pressure got to a few of the kids, but overall I am very happy. We will continue to work hard for the rest of the week to prepare for Spanaway. I am looking forward to it," he said.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or email@example.com.
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