Fall sports preview: Girls golf

The Decatur High School girls golf team is entering a new era. The Gators and head coach Rick Dennison lost the entire lineup from last year’s squad that finished 3-3-1 in the South Puget Sound League North Division.

Included in those losses were a pair of state tournament veterans in Sidney Solomonson and Jenna Rochelle.

“We have seven new to the team golfers,” Dennison said. “Our goal is to get better each week and enjoy the game.”

The Gators will be counting on three seniors, three freshmen and one sophomore to score points this season. The seniors include Katie Donahoe, Loredona Ribera and Brooke Culley, the freshmen are Chanel Carlson, Samantha Zeeb and Jillian Lee, and the lone sophomore is Stacey Blunt. Blunt might be the best of the bunch. She plays during the offseason with the Washington Junior Golf Association.

“We are very new to the game,” Dennison said. “It’s a building year.”

Beamer Titans

The Todd Beamer Titans finished smack dab in the middle of the South Puget Sound League South Division a season ago, and that’s about where head coach Justin Mentink sees the Titans finishing again this year.

Beamer has a small roster of players, and the team includes no full-time golfers like other teams in the league. The Titans have only seven players and only two returning from last year. The returners include seniors Dulce Adriano and Cassie Wada.

“We have a great group of girls who have a blast together,” Mentink said. “They find the positives in every round of golf.”

The Titans will also have one of the better athletes at the school turning out this season in senior Kaylah Scott. The other players at Beamer this season include Alex Lee, Jenai Om, Leah Choi and Joomi Yoo.

“They love to be together,” Mentink said.

Jefferson Raiders

The Thomas Jefferson girls golf team finished just 1-5 a season ago in the South Puget Sound League North Division. But things should improve this season, according to head coach Jim von Doehren.

“We have better depth through the lineup,” von Doehren said.

The Raiders are led by Jayme Carbon and Courtney Tappon again this season.

Carbon played last year at the Class 4A State Golf Championships during the spring at the same time she was leading the Jefferson fastpitch team into the state tournament. Carbon, a third baseman, was the Mirror’s All-City Fastpitch Player of the Year as a sophomore after hitting .500 with 23 RBIs. Tappon also qualified for the state golf tournament a season ago.

The Raiders will also be counting on Shayla Doherty to score some points during the season.

Federal Way Eagles

The Federal Way Eagles finished winless in the South Puget Sound League a season ago and they bring back another young and inexperienced team this year.

But the Eagles have already eclipsed their win total from last season. Federal Way has won back-to-back matches over Beamer and Curtis and sit 2-1.

Federal Way is led by Pichy Promsitat, who has earned medalist honors in both of the Eagles’ wins this season. During the win over Curtis, Promsitat shot a 49 at Meadow Park Golf Course.

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