BREMERTON - Ross Kukula won the 12- and 13-year-old division of the Washington Junior Golf Association district tournament July 16 and 17 by firing rounds of 80 and 76. He will be joined by Ryan Kukula and Jack and Patrick Whealdon at the WJGA state championships in Tacoma July 25 to 27, as they also qualified in district play.
The top 13 golfers qualified for state and Jack Whealdon, who was seventh with rounds of 71 and 79, in the boys' 16- to 17- division, easily made the cut. Patrick Whealdon in the 14- to 15-division was sixth with rounds of 84 and 78 and Ryan Kukula finished ninth by firing 80 and 83 scores for 18 holes. Todd Oakes in the 16- to 17-classification finished off the pace for state by carding scores of 84 and 87 to claim 18th place.
The state tourney will be at Fircrest Country Club in Tacoma and the top 20 golfers in each division after two days will compete the final day for placing. District was held at 6,705 yard Gold Mountain course and at 6,756 yard Trophy Lake course in Port Orchard.
The junior golfers have been active this summer as Ross Kukula was fourth at sub-district June 26 in Olympia with a score of 87. Ryan Kukula was third with a 77 and Jack Whealdon claimed fifth with a 74 in his division. July 2 in Longview Ross Kukula won with a score of 87, Ryan Kukula was second with a 77, Jack Whealdon was fifth with a 75, and Oakes earned seventh with a 76.
July 6 Jack Whealdon was second in a tourney in Port Orchard, Ross Kukula third, and Oakes fifth. July 12 at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma Jack Whealdon tied for first place with a 71, Ross Kukula was again third and Ryan Kukula was sixth in his age group.