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Girls golf preview: Freshman set to lead
Seven might be Sequim’s lucky number on the links this season.
Despite no seniors, the Lady Wolves’ team of seven sets up the team for success says Coach Garrett Smithson who led the girls to third place last season.
“(It) means I get more individual time to help them because in the past we’ve had 12 or 13 girls,” he said. “But of course we always want bigger and better. We want 100 kids to come out.”
For now, Smithson sees a good core particularly with Sequim High freshman Alex McMenamin at the top.
“She’s new to the team but not new to the game. She plays year-round,” he said. “She’s going to be a rock star. The sky is the limit.”
Joining McMenamin for the top spots are Kailee Price, Brianna Kettel and Cecilee Wech who are anticipated to interchange between two-four spots.
Kettel took 10th at the Olympic League tournament in 2013 and just missed a state berth while Price missed a district berth last year by one shot at the league tourney.
Megan O’Mera and newcomers Kelly Anders and Sydney Porlier are new to the game of golf.
Not returning to the team are senior Maddy Fisher, a two-time state competitor, who decided not to rejoin the team, and junior Caitlin Stofferahn, who will sit out the season after an injury during basketball season.
Sequim also lost Elisa Sallee, who placed 49th at state last year, and Annika Lawrence to graduation.
Regardless of the losses, Smithson is optimistic of the girls’ chances.
“I think we’ll win the league. I hate to say it, but with knowing the teams and who we played last year, I think we have a good shot,” he said. “But what’s even better is that all the girls are good academically, do community service and do well in school. They are all awesome young ladies.”
McMenamin already is off to a great start for the Wolves (1-1 overall, 1-0 league). She paced them in two matches at The Cedars at Dungeness on March 11-12 against Central Kitsap and a league match against Klahowya.
In the second match, McMenamin shot an amazing 2 over par (39) on the front nine holes, which Smithson said he hasn’t seen since 2010 with Zoei Zbaraschuk. She led the next best golfers by 20 strokes.
The Wolves finished with 294 strokes (Price 59, O’Mera 61, Wech 65, Anders 70) to the Eagles’ 334 (McKenna Kendall 59, Bailey Koenn 65, McKenna Welch 67, Caroline Powell 70, Shay Sullivan 73).
In the first match, McMenamin shot 42, for the second best score of the day behind top-4A-state-competitor Katie Lee who shot a 41 on the front nine holes. The Wolves lost 253-279 with Price shooting 54, Wech 57, Anders 62 and Kettel 64. Central Kitsap’s Carly Bergsma shot a 51, Jordan Black 53, Ryah Cook 54 and Matty Wolfe 54.