Blog Number 30 - 6/29/10

The weather for yesterday's Washington Junior Golf Association District 1 tournament at Bellingham Golf and Country Club wasn't exactly glorious, but there was no doubting, or dimming, the enthusiasm of the young golfers that I watched teeing off.
Sam Johnson WJGA
Sam Johnson
Golfers in the WJGA are split up into Boys and Girls Divisions and four age groups - 8-11, 12-13, 14-15, and 16-17. Those aged 12-17 play 18 holes, while those 11 and below play nine. Burlington's Sam Johnson won the Boys 16-17 section with an even-par 72 while Bellingham's Joshua Crowe tied for second with Lynden's Ben Vandenburg on 73.
In the 14-15 age group, there were two 72s; from Arlington's Anthony Allen and Blaine's Ryan Wallen. Bellingham's Jeremy Smith and Cody Roth finished second and third respectively among the 12-13 year-olds though Mukilteo's Matthew Kornegay did run away with this section rather, with a fine 74. Jeremy Bennet shot 46 over the back nine to win the 8-11 prize.
Kimberly Santiago WJGA
Kimberly Santiago
In the girls, the top score came from 15-year-old Kimberly Santiago of Lynnwood who shot a 79 to win the 14-15 section by 20 shots! Bellingham's Mackenzie Ferron won the 16-17 bracket by six shots with an 84.
The rough was up at North Bellingham
The rough was penal
at North Bellingham
At North Bellingham last Thursday, Mukilteo's Chris Yun beat four players by a stroke to win the Boys 16-17 with a 77. Blaine's Michael Andes, Bothell's David Won and Blaine's Ryan Wallen all went two better, sharing honors in the 14-15 section on 75. Matthew Kornegay won the 12-13s with a 77. Kimberly Santiago shot the best score among the girls, a 75 to win her age range by 19 shots and beat the best of the 16-17-year-olds by six.

At the Washington State Golf Associaition Men's Amateur Championship at White Horse GC in Kingston last week, Bellingham HS graduate James Hiester finished just outside the top 50 after shooting rounds of 76, 79, 89 and 87 for a 72-hole total of 331. Hiester is preparing this summer for his freshman year at Rice University to which he earned a golf scholarship after impressing head coach Drew Scott at a tournament at Similk Beach in Anacortes.
At the Women's Amateur played at the Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim, Catherine Allen finished 14th shooting 79, 82, 78 while Karly Olsen posted 88, 79, 80 to come in 23rd.

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