|6/4/2014 2:25:00 PM|
Kodiak golfers run into tough weather conditions at State
Some rough weather greeted the Cascade Kodiak golfers at the State 1A Golf Tournament last week at Lake Spanaway Golf Course. Cascade Head Coach Randy Alexander said, after their practice round, the players were confident they could make the cut. He felt the cut for the boys would be in the mid to upper 80s.
Photo submitted by Sandy Houston
Cascade golfers battled a long course, and horrible weather at the State Tournament at Lake Spanaway. Pictured from left, Gunnar Stubblefield, Tyler Bain, Nate Wells, Jasmine Neubauer, Logan Nielson.
Playing for the boys was Nathan Wells, Tyler Bain, Logan Nielson and Gunnar Stubblefield. For the girls, it was Jasmine Neubauer.
"The day started off with mild weather, slight overcast, with a prediction of rain and thundershowers in the afternoon. Nathan teed off at 9:18 a.m. and got his round in before the bad weather hit," Alexander said. "The squalls hit around 2 p.m. or so and Tyler, Logan and Gunnar were all in the middle of their round and Jasmine had just started. And it rained hard on and off for the rest of the day. There was no getting away from it. No matter what you wore, you got soaked. Poor Jasmine had to battle the rain for her whole round."
Wells started with a 43 on the front, but had trouble on the back nine, shooting 48, to finish with a 91. Bain was up and down on the front with a seven and two sixes to finish with a 45. With an eight and a couple sixes on the back, he shot 93. Nielson shot 99 and Stubblefield 100.
The cut for the boys was 86.
"Logan felt he didn't play well, but in my mind, he did okay for his first tourney. Gunnar played well on the front even though he had a seven on number nine. He really struggled on the back with a 56," Alexander said. "This was all done with it raining and the wind blowing. When the boys were all done, that left Jasmine on the course in the monsoons."
Neubauer shot 51 on the front nine, and was still in contention to make the cut, but she shot 57 on the back nine in the rough conditions to finish with 108. The cut for the girls was 98.
"Jasmine worked really hard in the bad conditions but felt short. She found a couple of sand traps on the back that she struggled with and she shot a 57 on that 9. It was so much fun watching her because she never gave up the whole way. I am so very proud of her," Alexander said.
Alexander said while not a successful tournament for the team, some valuable experience was gained for the years to come.
"I think some of the kids were happy to be there and some weren't so happy that they didn't do better. That is the feeling I got from the kids," he said. "It definitely wasn't that we didn't work hard enough, we just ran into a tough, long golf course and we didn't play as well as we wanted."
Only four players from District 6 made the first day cut for both the boys and girls. John Send of Hoquiam was the boys medalist, shooting 73 and 71 on the two days. Lauryn Keating of Elma was girls medalist, shooting 78, 83.
"I am very proud of our success this year. Our team goals were to finish at the top of our league but we fell a little short. Our match record of 6-3 showed that we are a team to be reckoned with the next few years. I am sure the goals will be not only to make it to state but make the cut and play the second day," Alexander said. "It has been a great year for our team, school and golf program."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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