Jack Whealdon makes cut at state, four earn way to Rhodia Invite

Jack Whealdon sinks a long putt during a high school match last fall.<I><BR>DAMIAN MULINIX file photo</I>

TACOMA - Jack Whealdon made the cut at the Washington Junior Golf Association State Tournament, then managed to finish 11th overall with rounds of 77, 67 and 80 for a total of 224 at Fircrest Golf Course in Tacoma over the weekend. Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho won the event with a three-round score of 206 in the 14 and 15-year-old classification.

Ryan Kukula shot rounds of 84 and 80 in the 14 and 15 age group and missed the cut by a mere two strokes to finish 22nd. The top 20 golfers in each category earned their way to the final third round. Patrick Whealdon fired rounds of 86 and 85 to also miss the cut.

Ross Kukula in the 12 and 13 age group carded 18-hole rounds of 85 and 88 at Fircrest and missed the cut by only seven strokes. All four golfers earned invitations to the prestigious Frank Rhodia Northwest Invitational at the Alderbrook Yacht Club Course on Hood Canal Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 according to John Kukula. The tournament includes the best golfers from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho and is free to the competitors.

In other action Jack Whealdon finished fourth in the Longview Amateur Golf Tournament at the par 71 Mint Valley Country Club. Jack, the youngest competitor in the event held July 21 and 22, finished behind Oregon State University's Clayton Moe and University of California's Ian Dahl by shooting par rounds of 71 and 71.

Surfside's Brian Wilson shot 77 and 70 to finish eighth in the event and local Mike Lambert fired rounds of 86 and 85 to also compete in the amateur golf tournament.

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