GOLF: Raider girls snare SPSL 4A Tournament title in impressive fashion

The Thomas Jefferson girls golf team blew away the field Wednesday and Thursday at the South Puget Sound League Tournament at the Gold Mountain Golf complex near Port Orchard.

The Raiders finished with the SPSL title after compiling 487 strokes on the Cascade Course at Gold Mountain. Second-place Kentwood finished with 506 stokes, followed by Kentlake with 564. Along with the SPSL Tournament title, Jefferson also won the regular season crown in the SPSL Central Division with a perfect record.

Alexus Song led the way again for the Raiders. The junior automatically qualified for her third-straight trip to the Class 4A State Tournament by finishing in second-place overall with a two-day total of 144.

Kentwood's Catherina Li lapped the field by shooting a two-day total of 130. Li followed an opening round 65 with a 66 on Thursday. Song shot rounds of 73 and 71 at Gold Mountain.

The result is a mirror image of what happened at last year's SPSL Tournament. As a sophomore, Song tied with Li after two rounds of regulation play. But Song beat Li in a three-hole tiebreaker to secure the league championship.

Song went on to finish seventh at the 2010 Class 4A State Girls Golf Tournament at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane. She ended up 15th as a freshman.

The Raiders just had too much depth for everybody else in the SPSL. Sarah Yu finished in third place, four strokes back of Song, with rounds of 76 and 72. Song and Yu were followed by Hannah Yi, who finished in a tie for fourth place with a total of 155, and Jiny Lee in 10th place with a two-day total of 167.

All four Jefferson automatically qualified for the Class 4A Girls Golf State Tournament, which will take place in May at a yet-to-be-determined course.

Federal Way High School's Emily Victor will also play at the state tournament after another impressive performance at the SPSL Tournament. Victor shot rounds of 84 and 81 at Gold Mountain to earn an eighth-place finish Thursday. It will be Victor's third trip to state. She finished in 34th place last season.


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