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STATE GOLF: Beyke's career ends with sixth-place finish for Gators
One of the best girl golfers to ever step foot at Decatur High School ended her impressive four-year run Wednesday with a sixth-place finish at the Class 3A State Tournament in Spokane.
Senior Amanda Beyke shot a two-round total of 150 at the Esmeralda Golf Course. Beyke, who was playing in her fourth state golf tournament, shared the lead after the first round of play Tuesday with Peninsula's Rachel Lewis and Holy Names Academy's Sammie Pless. The trio all shot matching 73s at Liberty Lake.
But Beyke followed Wednesday with a 77 to fall into sixth. Mount Spokane sophomore Sierra Bezdicek beat sister Savana in a playoff to win the individual state title. The sisters finished the 36-hole tournament tied at 146, four ahead of Beyke.
The sixth-place finish was the second of her Decatur career. Beyke also finished sixth as a sophomore. As a junior, she finished in third place two strokes behind Lewis at the Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane.
During her four-year Gator career, Beyke finished 38-2 in individual dual matches, including 9-1 this season. She has also won the Twin Lakes Junior Club Championship the last six years in a row.
Beyke will play golf on scholarship in the fall at Seattle University. The Redhawks play matches all around the county. This season alone, Seattle U played at some of the best golf courses in Idaho, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona and Hawaii.
Beyke's younger sister, Celia, also had an impressive run at the 2012 state tournament. Celia Beyke, a freshman, ended up in 11th place with a two-round total of 155 at Esmeralda.
Celia Beyke shot an opening-round 77 Tuesday and followed with a 78 on Wednesday. Decatur teammate Amanda Lehman failed to make the cut after shooting an opening round 101 Tuesday.
The threesome helped the Gators finish up in fourth place overall in the Class 3A team standings with 64.5 points. Hanford won the team crown with 121.5 points, followed by Mount Spokane (95.0) and Mercer Island (82.5).
• Federal Way High School's Emily Victory and Jefferson's Hanna Yi and Sarah Yu all made the cut during the Class 4A girls tournament at MeadowWood Golf Course in Spokane.
Victor and Yi tied in 34th place with matching totals of 171. Both fired opening-round 87s and followed with 84s on Wednesday. Yu ended up in 36th place overall with a 173.
Beamer's Amanda Imm (90) and Jefferson's Jiny Lee (90) both failed to make the cut after the first round.
• Thomas Jefferson's A.J. Seo failed to make the cut at the Class 4A boys tournament at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane. Seo shot a first-day round of 88 to miss the cut by six strokes.