CHEHALIS - Ilwaco's Jessica Ziemer shot a two-day, 36-hole total of 217 with rounds of 102 and 115 to finish fifth at the District IV girls' golf tournament in Chehalis May 11, thereby qualifying for the state 1A golf tournament.
Coach Bob Enos said, "Jessica struggled early Tuesday and dropped from third to fifth, but she played well the final four holes to earn a trip to state." Jenna Lee was 10th for Ilwaco, with rounds of 118 and 122, finishing just out of the qualifiers for alternate to state. Amanda Schisler for the Lady Fishermen shot 118 Tuesday and was "in the middle of the pack of those who made the cut" according to Enos. She finished 12th with a 250 total.
Brooke Weir with 141 and Marina Sonntag with 145 did not make the cut of 128 after the tourney's first day. Montesano was district champion with 82 points, LaCenter finished second with 68 and Rochester edged Ilwaco for the third and fourth place finish 37-36 as they had four players make the cut to just three Lady Fishermen.
Melanie Hodge of LaCenter won the event with a 198, followed by Montesano's Alyssa Hartman in second with 199, Kaelyn Walker in third at 201 and Brooke Watkinson finished fourth with a 216 score. The top five girls qualify for the state 1A golf tournament, which will be held May 25 and 26 at Columbia Point Golf Club in Richland. Rachel Hodge of LaCenter with a 222 and Kaitlyn White of Rochester with a 236 are the alternates to state.
Enos said, "Heading into district Jessica's nine-hole average was ranked eighth among the girls in our district. She got off to a great start on the first two holes the first day and she played with confidence on the front nine. Jessica had some glitches on the back nine and on the front nine the second day, but Coach Dave Hanson gave her some advice and encouragement and she responded very well."
Enos added, "Jessica showed that she is a competitor and battled to earn the fifth spot to state. Coming down the stretch I figured she would need a 57 or 58 to come in fifth and she posted a 55. A practice round the Saturday before at Riverside really helped her see the course and play two smart rounds of golf. She decided to put her driver in the bag and use her hybrid the last nine holes. That and Jessica keeping her composure was the difference. "