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Clarke and Street surpass goals at state golf tourney
"Ian Clarke and Katie Street entered the state high school golf tournament with simple goals - they each wanted to make it to the second day.Clarke, a Federal Way sophomore, qualified for state last spring, but failed to make it past the first day after shooting a round of 82.Street, a ninth-grader at Lakota Junior High, who plays for Decatur, hadn't played up to her usual form in the weeks leading up to the tournament.Both surpassed their expectations.Clarke shot two rounds of 71, for a 142 total and a fourth-place finish in the boys tournament, played at the Sudden Valley Golf Course in Bellingham on Monday and Tuesday.Street followed a first-day round of 80 with a 76 to capture fifth in the girls tournament at Avalon Golf Course in Burlington.I didn't expect to play that well but I knew I was capable of it, said Clarke, 16.Street came away with equal surprise and satisfaction.That's my best round ever. I was just looking to make the cut and place in the top 25, Street said. I had no idea I would do that well.Clarke's score was his best as well. It came at the right time. Not only did he earn a high place at state, but also he gained confidence heading into a national tournament this weekend. Clarke was invited to play in the International Junior Golf Tour at the Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando, Fla.I didn't expect to go to that tournament. I was very happy when they invited me, Clarke said. The last three rounds I've shot in tournament play have been 71s. If I can keep it going I'll be happy.Clarke's first round on Monday was highlighted with an eagle on No. 5, which is rated the course's toughest hold. He holed out with a five iron from 170 yards out.It got me pumped up, but I bogeyed the hole before and the hole after that, so it kind of evened things out, Clarke said.He went on to double bogey No. 9 and shot three under par over the back nine.The back side is a little easier and I tried to bear down and play my hardest, Clarke said. It wasn't easier on Tuesday when Clarke shot two under on the front and one over on the back.Street's tournament might have been saved Saturday and Sunday at the driving range with her grandfather.My swing had not been going good. I had been trying everything to get it back, Street said. I figured out what I was doing wrong and my grandpa and I fixed it.Street was pleased with her opening round of 80, but knew she could play better.It could have been less than that. I had three lateral hazards. I was hitting the ball well enough to score better - 80's great for me anyway, Street said.She started out on fire, with a birdie on the first hole and an eagle on the third. From then on, I just played steady. The back nine, I had one bogey and eight pars, Street said. I didn't make a lot of mistakes.Patience was the key to her play. The course is really a target course. You have to hit certain areas to set up the next shot, said Street, who added that she didn't go for greens she felt were out or her range.Street said she hopes to have set the tone for the next few years of Gator golf.Next year, we're hoping to have four or five of our girls from Decatur make it to state, she said. Thomas Jefferson senior Linda Wistrom also qualified for the second day at state. She shot rounds of 80 and 95 to finished 41st with a score of 181."