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Fields places 5th, Leete 6th in state tournament | Golf

Whidbey News-Times Sports editor
May 30, 2014 · Updated 12:04 PM

Joanna Leete sizes up a putt earlier this season. The Oak Harbor senior placed sixth in the state 3A tournament this week. / Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville's Christine Fields and Oak Harbor's Joanna Leete added another chapter to their impressive high school golf careers with top-six finishes in their respective state tournaments Wednesday and Thursday, May 28 and 29.

Both recorded school-best finishes for a female golfer at state.

In other state golf action, Oak Harbor's Mac Kerfoot tied for 40th in the state boys 3A tournament at the Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, and Oak Harbor's Bree Roderos, Leete's teammate, tied for 42nd in the girls 3A meet.

Fields finished fifth in the 1A finals at the Spanaway Lake Golf Course, shooting a 173 (84/89). It was the second top-10 placing for the junior. She was eighth as a freshman and 15th last season.

"Wednesday she played strong," said her father, Mike Fields. "We've been building consistency back into her swing and that really showed Wednesday. She still had a few missed opportunities but she took advantage of most." "Thursday she started off the front great again but failed to get that spark she normally gets while playing the back nine," he added. "Too many missed putts and no pars on her second nine Thursday left her with a higher score than she would have liked. She is still very pleased with taking fifth place and sees it as a good opening to her summer season."

Elma's Lauryn Keating won the 1A tournament with a 151 (78/73). Fields finished 13 strokes out of fourth and two strokes ahead of sixth-place Rosie Portillo, a training partner from South Whidbey High School.

Leete closed out her stellar Oak Harbor career by placing sixth with a 164 (82/82), two strokes out of fourth.

The previous top Oak Harbor finish was Lisa Wasinger's eighth-place in 1996. Leete placed ninth last spring.

Leete is a four-time state qualifier and three-time all-Wesco first-team selection. The past two seasons she won the league point championship as well as the league and district tournaments.

She set the school single round record of 70 last season and finished this year with a school-record average round score of 80.14.

"She played well," said coach Andy Wesley. "A couple of things gave her some trouble, sand and putting. On the first round she got stuck in the sand on a couple holes.  The second round they cut and rolled the greens which caused trouble figuring out the speed."

Rachel Fujitani of Mercer Island took the 2014 3A girls title with a 146 (73/73).

Kerfoot, who placed 46th at state last year, "played well today (Thursday)," according to coach David Smith. "He kept grinding it out but had a few tough holes."

"I was really proud of Mac," Smith said. "He made the cut for day two and played some great golf in bad weather. As soon as he was done with his round today, he wanted to go back on the course and support his other Wesco golfers. It was great to see that kind of sportsmanship."

Fort Vancouver's Spencer Tibbits took the 3A boys title with a 140 (70/70).

Tough luck struck Roderos and Oak Harbor. She shot a 95 the first day and missed the cut by one stroke. Oak Harbor would have finished in the top 10 in team scoring had Roderos qualified for the second round.

Last year she finished 52nd at state.

(Christine Fields is ready to begin the 1A state golf tournament. Photo by Mike Fields.)

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