Golf: Smithson, Thompson lead Wolves to 10th place at state tourney

A trio of Sequim senior boys capped their prep golf careers at the state 2A tournament, with two of them advancing to the second day of play.

Cole Smithson, playing in his second state tourney in as many seasons, shot a 79 on May 23 at Liberty Lake Golf Course near Spokane to make the cut by three strokes. He finished with a second-day 90 and tied for 39th overall.

Fellow SHS senior Zack Thompson had a solid first round with an 82 on day one. He finished with a second round of 94 to placed 43rd.

Carter Cronin, a transplant from the Texas area for his senior season, shot a 93 on day one and placed 73rd overall.

Sequim tallied 1.5 team points to place 10th as a team, as Burlington-Edison ran away with the 2A boys title. The Tigers had four players in the top 16. Port Angeles’ boys were ninth.

It’s the sixth time in six seasons, since 2016, that the Wolves’ boys have placed in the top 10 at state (no tournaments were held in 2020 and 2021).

On the girls’ side, Sequim High senior Jelissa Julmist capped her prep golf career at the state 2A tourney as well. Headed to Peninsula College in the fall to play basketball, Julmist — competing at Meadowwood Golf Course in Liberty Lake — shot a 127, which put her in 78th, missing the first-day cut.