Class 3A boys golf notes from Day 1
The home-course advantage worked for a couple of Clark County golfers but did not help all of them.
Taylor Smith of Mountain View scored a 74 in the first round of the Class 3A state boys golf tournament at Tri-Mountain Golf Course. Smith, who finished in a tie for fourth at state last year, is four strokes off the lead going into Wednesday’s final round.
Meanwhile, Brandon Barnes of Columbia River scored a 77.
They both made the cut.
Smith, Barnes and the rest of the 3A Greater St. Helens League golfers who made it to state played on this course for the district tournament back in the fall. In all, nine golfers from Clark County qualified for state.
Smith and Barnes, however, are the lone Clark County golfers to make it to Day 2.
Trent Standard of Fort Vancouver, who won the district title in the fall, shot an 85. The cut was 81.
Boon Kusolsomboon of Fort Vancouver and Ryan Yeh of Mountain View, playing in the final group of the day, found out they were two off the cut with their 83s.
Marshall Ward of Prairie finished with an 84. Jacob Berg of Mountain View scored an 85. Landon Joy of Hudson’s Bay came in at 87. And Collin Herrema of Mountain View carded an 88.
Golf clap: A round of applause of Meadowdale’s Nate Glazewski. He signed for an 83. At the time, 83 was still possibly going to be the cut.
But after thinking about it, and then seeing his score posted on the board, he realized there had been a mistake.
Because of the wet conditions, many of the tournament scorecards were drenched. In some cases, players had to transfer their scores to a dry scorecard. Glazewski called it an honest mistake by him and his playing partner who kept track of his score, but they transferred the wrong score on one of the holes.
Glazewski signed for an 83, but it should have been an 84.
He self-reported himself, knowing what the penalty would be: Disqualification.
If a player signs for a worse score than he played, he gets that score. However, if the player signs for a better score than he earned, it’s a DQ.
Glazewski was given a sportsmanship award for his honesty.
Strong groups: Mountain View’s Taylor Smith, Conner Denessen of Glacier Peak, and Zach Spencer of Mt. Spokane each had impressive rounds, and they were playing together. Denessen scored a 73, Smith came in at 74, and Zach Spencer was at 75. Each player had an eagle.
Their combined score of 222 was matched by the first threesome of the day. Andrew Kennedy of Interlkae (76), Nick Mandell of Southridge (74) and Sam Warkentin of Bainbridge (72) also shined.
Coulda: Brandon Barnes of Columbia River is not complaining about a 77 in his first round. But he also is wondering what could have been.
“I was hitting the ball better than I’ve ever hit it,” Barnes said. “My putting was terrible.”
Still, the final result was pretty good.
“I’m frustrated with some parts, but happy with most parts,” he said of his game.