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Visser making third consecutive appearance at 3A State tourney

WENATCHEE - Senior Renae Visser of Sunnyside has earned a third straight trip to the 3A State girls golf tournament.

Competing at yesterday's District competition at Wenatchee's Highlander Golf Course, Visser etched out a 92 on the par-72, target style course. That 18-hole round netted her a seventh-place finish. Only the top 10 finishers at Monday's District tourney earned State berths.

Visser made it to the clubhouse just eight shots back of the medalist, Hanford's Kelsey Aeillo, who carded a 12-over-par 84.

"Renae had a pretty consistent day," said Sunnyside High School Coach Gary Rohde, detailing that the senior went 46-46 on the two nines.

The strength of Visser's game at Highlander was evident on the blocks. She only missed three fairways all day long with her tee shots, and one of those was just a few feet off the short grass.

"She drove the ball beautifully," Rohde said.

Visser went with her 3-wood for her tee shots, but keeping the driver in the bag didn't put her at a disadvantage.

"She was just bombing it with that 3-wood," said Rohde. "Everything she was hitting was as long as the shots the big hitters were nailing with their drivers.

"Renae also putted very well.

"The only downfall to her game yesterday was her iron play. We'll be working on that all this week in practice," vowed Rohde.

The goal for Visser at this year's State tournament is to make it to day two action. In her two previous trips to State, she narrowly missed the cut line that would have got her into the final round.

This year the 3A girls State tourney will be staged at the Liberty Lake municipal course near Spokane, which recently underwent a $6 million upgrade. The two-day tourney is slated for next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24-25.

In 3A District action yesterday for the boys, a 36-hole competition at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course, Sunnyside's two qualifiers saw their seasons come to a close.

Senior Nathan Espinoza went 86-78 for a 17th place finish. Sophomore Chan Luther placed 32nd with rounds of 91-88. Only the top 10 golfers yesterday get to move on to State.

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