GOLF: TJ's Alexus Song finishes second at SPSL Medalist Tournament; Beyke wins 3A title
By CASEY OLSON
Federal Way Mirror Sports editor
October 25, 2012 · Updated 4:51 PM
Thomas Jefferson senior Alexus Song and Kentwood’s Catherina Li have developed quite a rivalry. The talented golfers have been the top two golfers in the South Puget Sound League for the last three seasons, and nothing changed Wednesday and Thursday.
For the third year in a row, Li and Song finished first and second at the two-day 4A SPSL Medalist Tournament at the Golf Mountain Golf Complex in Gorst.
But, for the second year in a row, it was Li who ran away from Song and the rest of the field to win the SPSL title. Li fired an ultra-impressive two-day total of 133 to easily outdistance Song, who finished with a 141 total at Gold Mountain.
The finish pretty much mimicked what happened last year at the SPSL Tournament. Li beat Song by 14 strokes to win the 2011 title.
The pair tied atop the leader board during the 2010 SPSL Medalist Tournament. Li bolted to a three-stroke lead over Song after the first day, but Song fired the low round of the tournament on the second day to force a three-hole playoff. Song eventually won the playoff and the SPSL title.
The top-35 individual finishers from the SPSL Tournament advance to the West Central/Southwest District Tournament, which will be held May 14 at Gold Mountain with state tournament berths on the line.
Li’s Kentwood team unseated Jefferson as the SPSL Tournament champions with a low score of 466 at Gold Mountain. Kentridge ended up second (528) and TJ was third (529).
Song’s teammate, Hannah Yi, also had an impressive performance at Gold Mountain this week. Yi, a state tournament veteran, finished up in seventh place with a two-day total of 155. Beamer’s Amanda Imm was 10th overall with a 163.
On the boys’ side, the Todd Beamer Titans had a solid team performance. The Titans, who finished just 5-5 during the SPSL Central regular season, finished in fourth-place overall in the team standings and qualified three players for the district tournament.
Puyallup won the boys championship with a 466 stroke total. Kentridge (482)finished second (482) and Kentwood was third (501).
Junior Chris Lee was the top Beamer finisher in 16th place with rounds of 79 and 80 at Golf Mountain. Junior Tyler Martinez finished right behind in 17th place (82-77) and Titan senior Nate Smith was 28th overall (81-84). Sophomore Dax Wallat will be the first alternate after finished 36th (84-86).
The top Federal Way school district finisher on the boys’ side was Jefferson’s A.J. Seo, who ended up in 10th place with a 157. Seo was the lone district boy to play at last season’s state tournament.
Decatur sophomore Celia Beyke won the SPSL 3A title Wednesday with back-to-back rounds of 77. Beyke beat Bonney Lake’s Desirae Haselwood by four strokes during the two-day tournament at Gold Mountain Golf Course.
On the boys’ side, Decatur’s Spencer Clapp ended up in fourth place at the SPSL 3A Tournament at Gold Mountain. Clapp shot a two-day total of 159 after rounds of 83 and 76.
Enumclaw won the girls’ team title and Auburn Mountainview won the boys’ crown.Contact Federal Way Mirror Sports editor Casey Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 925-5565 ext. 5056.