Golf: Decatur girls win district tournament

"Decatur girls golf coach Rick Dennison told his players that they'd need to shoot 90 or better in the first round of the South Puget Sound League Tournament if the Gators had any hopes of winning the league title.On Wednesday, five of the six golfers shot 90 or better (the sixth shot 91) and Decatur won the medalist tournament at the Gold Mountain Golf Course in Gorst. The Gators finished with a 527 total, ahead of Auburn, 532, and Tahoma 534.All six of the Gators also qualified for the second day, where Katie Street and Jackie Louwsma earned return berths into the state tournament. The Decatur girls also came away with the SPSL academic title with a team grade-point average of 3.87.On the boys side, Federal Way's Luke Johnson tied Michael Putnam of Curtis for second place with a two round total of 139. Ryan Moore of Puyallup won the boys tournament with a 137.Street led the Decatur girls with rounds of 82-80 for a 162, which placed her third. Louwsma placed seventh with an 86-86-172. That's kind of exciting, Louwsma said. I just played solid both days, Last year, I was right on the cut and this year I improved and that's all I really wanted.Jill Phillips of Auburn blistered the course with a first round 70 and followed up with an 83. Her 153 total was good enough to win by three strokes.I didn't play with her (in the first round), but she was just in a zone, Street said of Phillips. I beat her by three today, but 12 shots is a lot to make up.Cailin Magruder missed the state cut by four strokes with rounds of 90-95.We had a great time as a team, Street said. We have three seniors leaving, so it's a little bit sad.Along with Street, Louwsma and Magruder, Decatur's title-winning first day included rounds of 88 by Allison Sayre, 90 by Megan Jenkins, and 91 by Shannel Hanft.The kids played well yesterday, Dennison said. It was a very cohesive win. They were all into it. It's a big win. There were 17 teams vying for this whole thing. The girls had a great time. They wished they played better today, but that's golf.In the boys tournament, Federal Way's Ian Clarke finished with rounds of 77-74 for a 151. His teammate Brian Davis also came in with a 75-77-152. Federal Way also sent Ryan Davis (75) and Sultan Mubarak (79) into the second round.Enumclaw won the boys title with a 450 total. Federal Way and Curtis tied for second with 466 totals. Decatur was seventh with 477 and Jefferson was 11th.Three Decatur golfers, Christian Downs (75), JoJo Mark (77) and Matt Ristine (78) qualified for the second round, but did not make it to state. "

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