Jun fires second-day 68, finishes third at state


The Mirror

Thomas Jun didn’t accomplish his goal of winning the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington 4A Boys Golf Championship.

But the Todd Beamer High School senior came pretty close.

Jun fired a two-day total of 141 to finish in a three-way tie for third place at the 6,742-yard Shuksan Golf Club in Bellingham. Jun shot the low-round of the second day of the tournament Wednesday morning when he fired a 4-under-par 68 after struggling a little bit with a first-round 73.

But the Beamer senior couldn’t catch Eastlake High School’s Kevin Penner. The sophomore fired a 68 during the opening round of play Tuesday and followed that up with a 69 on Wednesday to finish with a two-day total of 7-under 137 — three strokes in front of second-place Ryan Jones from Ferris.

It was Jun’s last chance at winning an individual state title in his third trip to the Class 4A tournament. But the senior had a stellar career at Beamer and will continue his golf career in the fall at Western Washington University.

Jun was a member of the Washington State Hogan Cup team in 2006 and as a Titan, Jun was a three-time South Puget Sound League Central Division Player of the Year and a four-time all-league choice. He placed eighth at the Class 4A state tournament as a junior in 2006 and tied for 27th as a sophomore.

The 6-foot, 155-pound Jun tied for fifth place at the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship last summer after winning the district title for the second straight year.

Jun wasn’t the only Federal Way school district golfer to have success at Tuesday and Wednesday’s state tournament. Jefferson sophomore Charles Lee finished in a tie for 24th place with a two-day total of 149. Jefferson junior Quinn Hildebrandt missed the cut after shooting an opening-day 80.

On the girls’ side, Decatur’s Jenna Rochelle was the high Federal Way finisher at the Avalon Golf Links in Bellingham. Rochelle ended up in a tie for 22nd place with a two-day total of 165. She shot an opening-round 81 and followed with an 84 on Wednesday. Rochelle’s performance helped the Gators finish in ninth place as a team. Gator teammate Sidney Solomonson finished 32nd with a 171.

But the most impressive performance on the girls’ side might have been turned in by Jefferson sophomore Jayme Carbon. Just three days after leading the Raider fastpitch team back to the state tournament for the first time since 2002, Carbon ended up in a tie for 28th place by shooting a two-day total of 168.

Jefferson’s Courtney Tappon (95) and Beamer’s Jenna Bishop (100) failed to make the cut after the first day of the tournament Tuesday.

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