TJ girls snare Central golf championship

Entering the 2007 girls golf season, the Thomas Jefferson Raiders knew they had one of the better teams in the South Puget Sound League Central Division.

But the girls still had to prove it on the course. And the Raiders did exactly that this season. Thomas Jefferson clinched the Central Division championship Tuesday with an impressive victory over the Federal Way Eagles, 77-52, at the Riverbend Golf Course in Kent. The win gave the Raiders a perfect 8-0 record during the regular season.

“I thought we had a good chance to compete for the Central championship, but as with every year, all the intangible factors that go into a team’s success is never known,” said head coach Jim von Doehren. “Example of this would be weather that day, playing conditions of the course and just the fact of playing away is always an unknown about players performances.”

Jefferson has been led by the duo of Jayme Carbon and Courtney Tappon all season long. The pair both played a season ago at the Class 4A State Golf Championships and have been swapping low scores throughout the year.

Against Federal Way, Carbon and Tappon tied for medalist honors by earning 20 team points each. Tammy Chung has also been a solid middle-of-the-lineup addition for the Raiders. Chung earned 14 points Tuesday.

“I am extremely proud of the way the girls have handled all of this and more,” van Doehren said.

Next up for Jefferson is the South Puget Sound League Medalist Tournament at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Gorst on Tuesday. The top-40 finishers will continue play on Wednesday at the Class 4A State Qualifying Tournament at Gold Mountain, which will also include golfers from the Narrows League. The top-29 individual finishers will advance to the state tournament, which will be played in May at the Sudden Valley Golf Course in Bellingham.

“We realize next week’s league championship at Gold Mountain will be a challenge,” van Doehren said. “We hope to play our best.”

The Jefferson boys finished 6-2 in the SPSL Central with an 89-58 win over Federal Way Tuesday at Northshore. Both of the Raiders’ losses have come to unbeaten Curtis, who has won 32 consecutive SPSL matches. Jefferson was led by the even-par round by Brian Brown. Keenan Darrow followed with a 1-over 37 and Kramer Thompson fired a 38. Federal Way was led by the 43s from Brandon Robbins and Colin Harris.

The Beamer boys finished the regular season with a pair of wins over Federal Way, 63-54, and Decatur, 74-71. Broc Johnson shot his team’s low rounds on both days. On Monday he fired a 40 at Northshore and shot an even-par 36 on Tuesday at Twin Lakes. Beamer’s only league losses this season came to Curtis and Jefferson.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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