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Two boys, one girl advance to Spokane
The drive from Oak Harbor to Spokane might be a long one, but it will be well worth it for boys golf coach John Matzen.
Two Wildcat golfers, senior Matt Holmly and freshman Phil Reedy, placed in the top 15 of the 4A District 1 golf tournament Monday and moved onto state, May 23-24 at the Creek at Qualchan Golf Course.
Its been a bit of a drought, Matzen said. Its nice to have two boys going.
Oak Harbors last state participant, Shane Wells, made the trip to state in 2002. Matzen said OHHS hasnt sent multiple golfers to state in at least seven years.
Holmly and Reedy ended the drought emphatically on Monday, putting forth strong performances at the Gallery Golf Course.
Holmly, who had struggled during day two of past district tournaments, came through big time with a 1-over par 73 Monday for third place and a two day total of 147.
He picked a good day to stay strong, Matzen said. He played very, very well.
Reedy, who was in his first high school district tournament, finished 6-over par 78 and ended his two days in ninth place with a 154.
Phil has struggled this year, Matzen said. Hes playing now like he imagined himself playing all along. What weve been seeing at the end of the season is more like the Phil Reedy we will see for the next few years.
Oak Harbor finished third as a team with 102 points, while Jackson (150.5) and Kamiak (120) finished first and second.
Jacksons Sean Fitzpatrick won the two-day district tournament, shooting 72-71-143.
Loveng moves on
Oak Harbor sophomore Brittany Loveng improved on her round one performance by seven strokes and moved her way into the state tournament Monday afternoon.
Loveng, who was in 16th place with a 96 coming into round two, shot an 89 and moved into 10th place and onto the state tournament May 23-24 at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane.
This was Brittanys second time to the second round of districts so she knew what to expect and the pressure that went with it, OHHS girls coach Andy Wesley said. She rose to the occasion and performed amazing.
Sophomore Anndria Sutter, who was in her first district tournament, just missed earning an automatic state berth. Sutter shot a 92 in round one, but struggled in round two with a 102. Her 194 total left her in a tie for the 15th and final state spot, but she lost on a tiebreaker and will go as an alternate.
This was Anndrias first time to second round and I think the pressure got to her, Wesley said. She has never been in a match where the stakes were that high before.
Oak Harbor finished in fourth place overall in the tournament with 79 points. Snohomish (126), Kamiak (123.5) and Monroe (106.5) took the top three spots.
Kamiaks Christa Goldie shot a two-day total of 81-84-165 to win the tournament.