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GHS sophomore five strokes shy of earning 2A State tournament berth

PULLMAN - Grandview High School sophomore Kayla Lucas made a nice run at landing one of the 21 State tournament spots that were up for grabs yesterday.

Competing in 2A Regional girls golf tourney play at Pullman's Palouse Ridge Golf Course, Lucas only missed the cut by five strokes. She toured the extremely tough course with a round of 115.

Four girls tied for the final berth to State with identical 110's, leaving Lucas wondering, perhaps, how she might have shaved five strokes off her score.

Nonetheless, Lucas is only a sophomore and will still have two more years to grab one of the coveted State tourney spots.

Monday's medalist at Regionals proved to be Paige Whidbee of Pullman, who was playing her home course. Whidbee got around the 126-slope rated track with a 9-over-par 81.

Finishing a distant second was Othello's Delaney Towle, who made it to the clubhouse with an 18-over-par 90. Another seven strokes separated the three third-place finishers, as Megan Lajeunesse of Medical Lake, Marye Fuqua of Cheney and Katelyn Andrews of Othello all finished with 97's.

The four girls tying with 110's for the final three berths to State had to compete in a playoff yesterday. The three golfers who advanced were Selena Lewis of Deer Park, Natalie Pendell of Medical Lake and Taylor Jones of Selah. The girl who lost out in the extra holes playoff was Selah's Katie Daniels, who's officially now this region's first alternate to the 2A State tourney.

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