KELSO — Four Lady Fishermen made the first day cut at the 1A District IV girls’ golf tournament at Three Rivers Course in Kelso Monday, May 16, probably the most in school history. However, none were able to finish in the top nine to advance to state from Ilwaco after the second 18 holes May 17.

Jenna Lee was in 14th after the first day with a 112 and shot a 111 on day two, but dropped to 15th for the tournament and the senior was the Lady Fishermen’s top finisher. Fellow senior Brooke Weir was 12th after the first day with a score of 110 and she finished with 114 on Tuesday to place 16th among the 35 District IV girl golfers who competed.

Marina Sonntag shot a 118 after scoring 114 on day one and she finished 19th. Amanda Schisler came around with a 119 on Tuesday after firing a 116 on the first day to finish 20th.

“I think all of the girls realized after district that you just can’t put away your clubs in May and pick them up again next February and expect to be better. Our girls realized they could have done more in the summer and fall to get ready for the season,” coach Bob Enos said. “I think the returning players will do more off-season work in the future. They worked hard in season, but it takes a little extra and they were all very disappointed.”

Elma had two players in the top nine, including Alexis Keating, defending 2A state champion, who shot 75 and 77 and won the tournament by 33 strokes. Hoquiam had three girls going to state and the top two alternates and Montesano had two girls earn berths to state. Elma, Hoquiam, and Ridgefield all were 2A last year and moved to the 1A classification and they snapped up six of the nine berths to state.

“Jenna is a four-year player who has the perfect demeanor for the game of golf. You can tell when she is upset by her body language, but she doesn’t let it get to her. She goes about her game and keeps trying to improve. She worked hard on her game, just fell short at district. Her nickname was the rooster,” Enos said.

“Brooke played two years and wishes she had started playing sooner. She could have easily been right in the race for state. Brooke peaked at the end of the season and had four nine-hole scores in the 50s,” Enos praised.

“Amanda has the potential to make a run at state her senior year. She needs to develop consistent practice habits that carry over to matches. Amanda played her best golf the final two weeks and hopefully will play this summer in WJGA,” Enos said.

“Marina is one of the longer hitters of those coming back in our district. If she works on hitting and controlling her driver next season, she will be a tremendous player. WJGA would be a good experience for her also this summer,” Enos related.

“Freshman Kempsey Ward was thrown into varsity competition after just two matches, but she hung in there and got better in every facet of the game. She still needs to learn the nuances of putting, but is going to hit the ball a lot more consistently next year and have more confidence and be more knowledgeable about the game, I am sure.”

Enos joked, “Recruiting is in full swing, even though our budget is small. Our goal is to get more girls committed to the program so that we can have a full team of six girls for every match.”

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