Golf: Gale, Hoesel, Payne punch state 2A tournament tickets

Following a trio of their Sequim High classmates, two Sequim girls golfers and a Sequim boy are headed to the state tourney this week.

Brittany Gale, Yana Hoesel and Liam Payne each earned spots at the prep 2A finals in Spokane after earning qualifying scores at the West Central District tournament held May 15 at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton.

Gale earned a second place finish at districts with a round of 94 while Hoesel finished in a tie for seventh with a round of 104 and will be a first alternate at the state tourney.

Sequim’s girls were slated to kick off the two-day state tournament, held at Spokane’s MeadowWood Golf Course, on May 21.

Payne, a senior, placed fifth in the district tourney with a round of 94, shooting identical 47s on the front and back nine at Gold Mountain.

Already qualified for the state 2A boys tourney were Sequim teammates Blake Wiker and Paul Jacobsen, who tied for the Olympic League tourney title, and fourth place league finisher Ben Sweet.

Sequim’s boys were slated to play at Liberty Lake Golf Course near Spokane on May 21 and 22; results of the boys’ and girls’ state tourneys were not available at press time; see for updates.

At districts, Gale, a senior, topped her best 18-hole round by 11 shots.

“It was by far the best I’ve ever seen her play,” Sequim coach Garrett Smithson said. “She was composed and never had a blow up hole. She had one goal and that was to get to Spokane.”

Hoesel, also a senior, won a sudden death playoff to get the alternate spot after tying for seventh.

“Yana had a really rough finishing hole or else she would have easily qualified,” Smithson said. “That’s golf and that’s why we play all 18.

“I was super impressed with Yana’s round through out the day. She made two birdies with one of them made by a 60-foot putt dropping.”

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