RICHLAND - Despite wowing onlookers with her long drives yesterday, Sunnyside High School sophomore Renae Visser missed out on making the cut for today's closing round at the WIAA 3A State Girls Golf Tournament.
Playing at Richland's target, desert-style Horn Rapids Golf Course, Visser tallied an even-100 on her scorecard Wednesday. The cutline for advancing to today's final round at State turned out to be a 94.
"Several people who were trailing the group yesterday were pretty impressed with how far Renae was hitting the ball," said Sunnyside Coach Gary Rohde. "She can bomb them.
"But she was struggling with her putter.
"The places they put the pins, in the back or on the sides, required more than just hitting the greens. The girls needed to be accurate with their approach shots yesterday...or have their putter working.
"Renae needs to work on her putting, but she's only going to get better.
"It was a great year for her, and I have no doubt she'll be back at State next year," Rohde added.
Wednesday's first-round leader at State turned out to be a freshman, Seattle Prep's Katrina Hegge. She knocked down five birdies and notched an eagle enroute to carding a 5-under-par 67.
"That 67 included going OB on one hole, where she took a double-bogey. It was a super round," said Rohde.
Six shots back in second place yesterday was Foster High School's Mallory Kent, who toured the Richland course with a 1-over-par 73. Mt. Spokane's Savana Bezdicek was sitting in third with a 74.
The only Columbia Basin Big Nine golfer to make the cut yesterday was West Valley's Liz Tikriti, who shot a 90.