Golf: Eagle boys, Gator girls take second

Federal Way junior Luke Johnson finished second individually and lifted his Eagle team to a second-place finish at the South Puget Sound League Golf Tournament Wednesday.

Johnson shot a 70 on the second day at Gold Mountain Golf Course, improving from his first-day score of 73. His two-day total of 143 was good enough to earn a spot at state.

“My goal was to win, but that didn’t happen,” Johnson said. “I had a little trouble judging the wind, I hit it a little too far sometimes.”

Federal Way’s David Piggott stepped up his performance — shooting a 77, 81- 158 — and earned a trip to state. He won a playoff tie-breaker for the 16th spot.

“We would have liked to win, but we’re happy with second,” Johnson said.

Two golfers with state experience from last year — Ian Clark and Ryan Davis — did not play in the tournament. Davis was sick and Clark was ineligible.

Jefferson’s Jason Lee and Brandon Brown finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Both earned a trip to the state tournament.

Lee shot a 79, 76-155 and Brown shot a 78, 79-157

The state tournament is not until May.

Decatur girls qualify

The Decatur girls team finished second in the tournament, led by Katie Street’s and Cailin Magruder’s fifth- and sixth-place finishes.

“I played really well the first day,” Magruder said. “I didn’t expect to do that well. The second day the weather was worse and all the scores were higher. I knew I just had to play decent to make it to state, and I did that.”

Street shot a 171 and Magruder shot 175. The Gators faced some pressure to do well after winning the tournament last year.

“We wanted to come back and try to do as close to as well as we did last year,” Magruder said. “We knew we probably wouldn’t win. We thought we’d be more like fifth. We were thrilled with second.”

Decatur sophomore Tabi Puetz was consistent both days, finishing 13th with a 183.

The team won’t take any time off from practicing, although the state tournament is not until May.

“No breaks for this team,” Magruder said. “We’ll be playing through the winter, working hard to place well at state.”

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