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Golf: McMenamin wins league MVP, Kettel and Shea are all-league
By less than one stroke, Sequim freshman Alex McMenamin is the Olympic League MVP.
The Wolves’ top girls golfer narrowly won the honor over Port Angeles’ Dana Fox, a senior, averaging 41 through seven matches and 54 holes of golf each with Fox averaging 41.4.
“It’s cool,” McMenamin said. “But I think I could have played better.”
Fellow Wolves Jack Shea (39.9 nine hole average) and Brianna Kettel (50.2) also were named all-league.
Sequim’s top golfers faced the Olympic League’s best on Tuesday afternoon at The Cedars at Dungeness in the Olympic League Tournament to qualify for state and districts. Results were not available yet for publication.
Kettel, a junior, and Jesse Francis, a senior, are the only Wolves still on the team to qualify for districts last year but neither made the cut for state.
McMenamin has a shot at a high seed at state this year at the Classic Golf Club in Spanaway on May 28-29.
McMenamin said her season highlight was shooting 35 in a non-league match against Port Angeles.
“I didn’t know that I could shoot that good,” she said.
But that low game only makes her want to be better.
“If I hit a bad shot, I know I can be better. After I shoot a great game I think about why I can’t always shoot that well,” she said.
McMenamin started golfing at age 6 after moving to Sunland. She started seriously playing, she said, in sixth grade and trains every two weeks with Jeff Coston, a golf professional at Semiahmoo Golf Course in Blaine.
McMenamin said she had some trouble at away courses but played best at home, which gives her an advantage for the league tournament.
Her coach Garrett Smithson said McMenamin is one of the hardest workers he’s had since the Zbaraschuk sisters played for the team.
“She loves the sport and is trying to learn and become a better player,” he said.
“The more you put into it the better you become. That carries over into her integrity too along with her golf game.”
Kettel, who averaged 50.2, said McMenamin challenges her as a golfer.
“She gives me tips when I don’t know what to do in a certain situation or what club to use,” Kettel said.
But the conversation goes both ways for Sequim’s top two girl golfers.
“I tell her to just relax,” Kettel said. “She’s really into the game but I tell her it’s fun and to let it go.”
McMenamin admits she can be really focused when playing.
“I have fun when playing but I’m more loose at practice,” she said.
Sophomore Jack Shea said he started taking the game more seriously as a freshman.
“This summer I played like it was my job,” he said. “I played like 40 hours a week.”
Shea said early on in the season he was in a rut until he shot a 37 on nine holes at Gold Mountain Golf Course against Bremerton.
“It was one of the few times this season that I was a medalist,” he said.
On May 9, Shea traveled to Egbers Eaglemont Golf Course in Mount Vernon and placed 18th shooting a 150.
He shot ahead of Port Angeles’ Alex Atwell (154), who finished second in the Olympic League.
“Honestly that made me feel good,” he said. “It’s a tough course and it made my confidence go up.”