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Johnson and Blunt lead 8 FW golfers to state tourney

The organizers of the South Puget Sound League state-qualifying golf tournaments knew what they were doing after all. The second-round of the tournament was delayed last Thursday after a windstorm rolled through the Puget Sound area.

But the golfers got beautiful 65-degree weather Tuesday afternoon at the Golf Mountain Golf Complex in Port Orchard with berths to the Class 4A State Championships, which will be played in May in Bellingham.

The Federal Way school district will be well-represented at the state tournament by after solid second-round scores Tuesday. The top-17 girl finishers during the SPSL Tournament and the top-18 boys advance to the State Tournament. The girls state championships will be held at the Sudden Valley Golf Course and the boys will play at Avalon Golf Course in Bellingham.

Decatur’s Stacey Blunt led the way on the girls’ side. Blunt fired a two-round total of 153 to finish in a tie for second place with defending state champion Sadena Parks from Bethel and Lauren Sewell from Kentridge. Kentwood’s Rui Li won the tournament with a two-day total of 149. Blunt fired an opening-round 78 and followed that with a 75 on Tuesday.

A pair of Thomas Jefferson girls will also play in the spring at the state tournament for the second year in a row. Jayme Carbon and Courtney Tappon shot identical 165s to tie for seventh place at the SPSL Tournament. Carbon followed her first-round 88 with a 77 Tuesday and Tappon shot an 86 and a 79 at Gold Mountain.

Beamer’s Broc Johnson leads a group of five Federal Way school district golfers to qualify for state on the boys’ side. Johnson followed on opening-round 70 with a 72 on Tuesday to finish with a two-round total of 142. Kentridge’s Chris Cho won the SPSL Tournament for the second year in a row with an impressive two-day total of 135. Cho shot a first-round 65 and followed with a 70.

Johnson will be joined at state by teammate Tyler Collins, who finished 11th with a 151 total. Jefferson will be represented by three golfers in Bellingham. Keenan Darrow ended up in fifth place at Gold Mountain after firing a 73 and a 72. Erik Jarvey finished 14th with a two-day total of 153 and Brian Brown snared the final berth to state by winning a playoff between five golfers to finish in the top 18. Brown shot a 154.

SPSL 4A Medalist Tournament

Boys

At Gold Mountain Golf Complex (par 72)

Team scores — 1, Kentwood 453; 2, Curtis 455; 3, Puyallup 469; 4, Jefferson 471; 5 (tie), Kentridge and Rogers, 477; 7, Beamer 489; 8, Decatur 494; 9, Kentlake 501; 10, Emerald Ridge 503; 11, Tahoma 511; 12, Spanaway Lake 541; 13, Bethel 546; 14, Federal Way 563; 15, Graham-Kapowsin 570.

Individual leaders (top 18 advance to state) — 1, Chris Cho, Kentridge, 65-70 — 135; 2, Broc Johnson, Beamer, 70-72 — 142; 3 (tie), Kent Hagen, Kentwood, 71-72 — 143, and Brady White, Curtis, 67-76 — 143; 5, Keenan Darrow, Jefferson, 73-72 — 145; 6 (tie), Nick Varelia, Kentwood, 71-75 — 146, and Ben Nelson, Puyallup, 72-74 — 146, and Chris Olmstead, Rogers, 70-76 — 146; 9, Thomas Zavada, Kentwood, 74-73 — 147; 10, C.J. Munko, Tahoma, 72-76 — 148; 11, Andrew Zavada, Kentwood, 79-72 — 151; 11, Tyler Collins, Beamer, 74-77 — 151; 13, Thomas Johnson, Puyallup, 77-75 — 152; 14, Erik Jarvey, Jefferson, 75-78 — 153; 15, Brian Brown, Jefferson, 76-78 — 154; 15, Brad Bruchberger, Curtis, 77-77 — 154; 15, Daron Casey, Curtis, 76-78 — 154; 15, Andrew Scott, Kentlake, 77-77 — 154; 15, Sean McMullen, Kentridge, 79-75 — 154.

Girls

At Gold Mountain Golf Complex (par 71)

Team scores — 1, Kentridge 552; 2, Tahoma 557; 3, Kentlake 586; 4, Rogers 600; 5, Kentwood 605; 6, Jefferson 626; 7, Emerald Ridge 630; 8, Federal Way 645; 9, Bethel 646.

Individual leaders (top 17 advance to state) — 1, Rui Li, Kentwood, 74-75 — 149; 2 (tie), Sadena Parks, Bethel, 82-71 — 153, and Stacey Blunt, Decatur, 78-75 — 153, and Lauren Sewell, Kentridge, 77-76 — 153; 5, Annie Viola, Rogers, 78-79 — 157; 6, Leslie Sampson, Tahoma, 81-79 — 160; 7 (tie), Jayme Carbon, Jefferson, 88-77 — 165, and Courtney Tappon, Jefferson, 86-79 — 165; 9, Jackie Brown, Bethel, 83-85 — 168; 10, Tickle Yamanaka, Kentridge, 84-85 — 169; 11, Jacki Yanamura, Kentlake, 86-85 — 171; 12, Krystina Zerr, Kentridge, 85-87 — 172; 13, Whitney Hobbs, Emerald Ridge, 83-90 — 173; 13, Danielle Carriveau, Puyallup, 89-84 — 173; 15, Alisa Fairweather, Tahoma, 89-87 — 176; 16, Kelli Wyatt, Kentlake, 95-86 — 181; 17, Caitlin Holland, Puyallup, 93-89 — 182; 17, Karleigh Sandwith, Tahoma, 91-91 — 182.

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