Wallen takes second at 1A state

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 23, 2013 

Ryan Wallen took second in the Class 1A Boys' Golf State Tournament after shooting 73-74 for a total of 147 at Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Spanaway Wednesday, May 22.

Wallen finished second as a freshman and junior and first as a sophomore in the 2A State Tournament.

"I was able to hit the ball really solid again but I just have to give props to Ross (Kukula) because he played a really great round," Wallen said in a phone interview. "I just didn't make enough putts. It was different than yesterday because I didn't get off to an easy start and it was a battle all day. I was happy with how I played and a 74 was a good score for the way I hit the ball today."

Blaine coach Steve Barthlow said Wallen had an up and down day but was able to finish strong with a birdie on the last hole.

Ilwaco's Kukula won after shooting 71-68 for a total of 139 and led Ilwaco to the team title with 132.5 points.

Willy Scholten bettered his first day score by 12 strokes and shot a 70 on the second day to finish tied for fourth with a 152. Scholten's score of 70 was only bettered by eventual winner Kukula's second day score of 68 in the tournament.

"Today (Scholten) was focused and played fantastic," Lynden Christian coach Dana Hagen said in a phone interview. "He shot a 70 but could have easily been six, seven or eight under. He was hoping to shoot lower and put the pressure on the leaders. He played loose and focused."

The Lyncs finished second as a team with 98 points. Lincoln Olson (78-79-157) finished tied for 12th, Luke Olson (81-77-158) finished 15th and Weber Bartz (84-85-169) finished tied for 32nd for the Lyncs.

"I'm thrilled with the finish," Hagen said. "They gutted it out today and played solid all day. I couldn't ask for anything more."

Blaine finished third as a team with 77 points. Devan Boucher (77-78) helped the Borderites after finishing tied for eighth at 155.

"What really impressed me was that both of them shot well both days," Barthlow said. "I was hoping both would play well enough that we could pick up one of the four trophies and we took third and did a good job. Both teams ahead of us had four golfers and to pick up third was awesome."

Wallen said he too was happy with how the team finished.

"We weren't expecting it as a team," Wallen said. "Even more than finishing second individually I'm happy for our school to finish third as a team."

Mount Baker was led by Kenny Wilson (77-80-157), who finished tied for 12th and Kristjan Toivola (85-83-168), who finished 29th to lead the Mountaineers to a sixth place team finish with 39 points.

Laura Wilson was the top finisher of Whatcom County girls goflers at the Class 1A Girls' Golf State Tournament and placed 11th overall after shooting 86-92 for 178 total for Mount Baker.

"She played OK today but the weather was pretty rough with some puddles," Mount Baker coach Mike Lembo said in a phone interview. "It was a tough round for her and she didn't play as well today as yesterday, but a pretty solid year for her."

Lembo said she was able to stay in it because she was driving the ball well and was able to stay away from any big numbers.

Abbi Rautenberg (91-93) finished with 184 for Meridian and Young Lee (93-100) finished with 193 for Blaine.

Bree Wanderscheid from Goldendale won after shooting 74-71 for 145 total.

CLASS 1A BOYS

Site: Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Spanaway

Whatcom County players School Score (place)

Ryan Wallen Blaine 73-74-147 (2)

Willy Scholten Lynden Christian 82-70-152 (4-tie)

Devan Boucher Blaine 77-78-155 (8-tie)

Kenny Wilson Mount Baker 77-80-157 (12-tie)

Lincoln Olson Lynden Christian 78-79-157 (12-tie)

Luke Olson Lynden Christian 81-77-158 (15)

Kristjan Toivola Mount Baker 85-83-168 (29-tie)

Weber Bartz Lynden Christian 84-85-169 (32-tie)

CLASS 1A GIRLS

Site: Lake Spanaway Golf Course, Spanaway

Whatcom County players School Score (place)

Laura Wilson Mount Baker 86-92-178 (11)

Abbi Rautenberg Meridian 91-93-184 (14)

Young Lee Blaine 93-100-193 (20-tie)

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