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TJ's Alexus Song wins SPSL 4A golf championship, five headed to state
Alexus Song is used to playing in big-time golf tournaments. So last week's two-day South Puget Sound League Tournament wasn't that big of a deal.
Song won the 2010 Pacific Northwest Junior PGA Championship this summer, qualifying her for the Junior PGA Championship in Indiana.
The Thomas Jefferson High School sophomore finished in a tie for first place with a total of 149 at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Port Orchard. But Song persevered on a three-hole tiebreaker to win the overall SPSL championship over Kentwood's Catherina Li.
The first-place finish qualifies Song for her second Class 4A State Golf Tournament, which will be played in the spring. Song will lead a group of four girls from the Federal Way School District at the state tournament.
Beamer's Jennifer Lee finished third with a two-day total of 151, Federal Way's Emily Victor ended up in eighth place with a 173 and TJ's Sarah Yu snared the 14th and final state-qualifying position with a 176.
Li bolted to a three-stroke lead over Song with an opening-round 74 at Gold Mountain on Wednesday. But Song came back with a second-round 72, the low round of the tournament, to tie Li on Thursday before winning the three-hole playoff.
Song finished up in 15th place at last year's state tournament with rounds of 77 and 78 at Sun Willows Golf Course in the Tri-Cities.
Lee was also impressive during the SPSL Tournament. The Beamer senior fired an opening-round 77 and followed with a 74 to finish two strokes back of Song and Li.
Victor will also be making a return trip to the state tournament for the Federal Way Eagles. Victor followed a first-round 91 with an 82 Thursday at Gold Mountain. Victor failed to make the cut at state last year. Jefferson's Sarah Yu shot an 84 in the opening round and followed with a 92 Thursday.
Jefferson's AJ Seo will be the lone representative from the Federal Way School District at the Class 4A State Boys Golf Tournament in the spring. Seo finished up in seventh place at the SPSL Tournament Thursday at Gold Mountain.
Seo shot an opening-round 78 Wednesday and followed with a 79 on Thursday for a two-day total of 157. Curtis' Aaron Clare won the SPSL title with a 149.