Sequim squads thrive in third

At this point in the season, prep golfers and coaches are wondering where their teams are in comparison to other teams across the state.

For Sequim, it looks like the Wolves are closer to the fairway than the rough.

Sequim's girls hit, chipped and putted their way to a third-place finish at the 18th annual Burlington Girls' Invitational at Skagit Golf & Country Club, a demanding 20-team tourney featuring some of the best teams in Western Washington.

Life Christian came away with the team title and Bellingham, the defending state 2A champion, placed second while the state 2A runner-up from last year, Burlington-Edison, was fourth.

With a round of 77, Sequim High senior Zoei Zbaraschuk wound up in a tie for first place after 18 holes. She fell short of medalist honors to Life Christian's Kristen Rue on the fourth hole of a playoff.

Teammate Kim Duce shot a 98 and Hailey Estes came in at 116 shots.

The tourney format had two players playing nine holes, and Sequim's Lisa Doan finished in a tie for top honors after shooting a 45. Like Zbaraschuk, she had to settle for second place after a playoff.

Teammate Ashley Morton shot a 58 for nine holes.

"I was very happy," Sequim coach Garrett Smithson said. "I know that all of them know there's a couple of shots they left out there. (But) this is kind of the tournament of tournaments. Taking third was pretty awesome. That's a pretty good indication of where we stand."

Sequim's boys battled to a strong finish at a tough tourney of their own, taking third at the Higgins Memorial Golf Tournament in Bremerton on April 22.

While Ryan O'Mera was Sequim's top finisher in a tie for 10th after a round of 82 followed closely by teammate Steve Loerlein at an 83, Sequim's depth helped them outpace Port Townsend by three shots, Kingston by 15 shots and Port Angeles by 28 shots.

Jake Dethlefsen (88) and Casey Torres (89) rounded out Sequim's steady foursome.

Led by medalist Eric Anderson, Central Kitsap took the team title, followed by South Kitsap and Sequim.

Anderson edged Port Townsend's Ronnie Harrell in a playoff for the individual title.

The Wolves are at North Mason on April 29 and at the Duke Streeter Invite in Port Angeles on April 30. Sequim hosts the P.A. Roughriders on May 5 (girls) and May 6 (boys), the final matches before postseason tournaments.

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