The Bellingham boys' golf team finished fifth overall in the Class 2A Boys' Golf State Tournament at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place on Wednesday, May 22.
Aaron Whalen won the tournament after shooting 71-69 for a total of 140 for Ephrata. Hockinson won the team title and scored 119 points.
Taylor Paul led the Red Raiders and finished in a tie for seventh place after shooting 81-75 for 156 total and Cody Roth went 82-85 for 167 total. The Red Raiders scored 52 points as a team.
Lynden's Kyle Mark finished tied for 15th after shooting 82-81 for 163 total.
"It was all right today. It was raining the whole time and it was a battle but it turned out all right," Mark said in a phone interview. "Today I was able to make a couple of short putts. I was hitting it in the places I wanted to. It wasn't the best golf but I kept fighting and never gave up and battled the whole time. I just wanted to make it to the second day. That was my goal so I will take 15th."
Lynden coach Russ Dorr said Mark was able to work hard and that it was a good performance for the course. He said Chambers Bay is difficult because if you don't hit it in the right spot, it's tough to recover.
The Lions finished seventh as a team and scored 34 points after Ryan Mouche shot an 86-86 for 172 total.
"The second day was solid," Dorr said in a phone interview. "We were pretty happy with the good play. Ryan turned it around again on the back nine and had a 40. We finished seventh as a team and I am really happy with that."
Sehome's Ben Carroll finished with 174 after going 83-91 and Will McCarter finished with 178 after shooting 86-92. Sehome finished ninth as a team with four points.
CLASS 2A BOYS
Site: Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place
Whatcom County players School Score (place)
Taylor Paul Bellingham 81-75-156 (7-tie)
Kyle Mark Lynden 82-81-163 (15-tie)
Cody Roth Bellingham 82-85-167 (21-tie)
Ryan Mouche Lynden 86-86-172 (31-tie)
Ben Carroll Sehome 83-91-174 (37-tie)
Will McCarter Sehome 86-92-178 (40-tie)