All-Whatcom County girls' golf capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 8, 2013 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

BROOKE BRANIGAN

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

What she did: Shot a two-day 166 to place third at the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Compiled four top-15 finishes during prep career, placing 15th freshman year, sixth as a sophomore and a tie for fourth as a junior. ... Finished third at the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament with an 80. ... Helped the Red Raiders win their 11th state title in the last 12 years. ... Signed to play golf for Western Washington University this fall. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection with 395 Stableford points, ranking third among all NWC golfers.

COACH OF THE YEAR

BRAD MCKAY

School: Bellingham

What he did: Led the Red Raiders to their 11th state title in the last 12 years while advancing four golfers to the Class 2A State Tournament. ... All four (Brooke Branigan, Jenn Paul, Audrey Orem and Madi McNeely) finished within the top 15. ... Guided Bellingham to a Northwest Conference and Northwest District title. ... Coached four All-NWC first-team selections.

FIRST TEAM

RILEY ANDERT

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

What she did: Finally got over the hump to qualify for her first state tournament after being a state alternate as a junior. ... Took advantage of her opportunity, making the first round of cuts and finishing 19th with a two-day 196 during the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Placed seventh during the Northwest District Tournament, shooting a 98. ... Finished seventh in Stableford points among Northwest Conference golfers with 314, earning a first-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped the Storm place second in the NWC standings.

YOUNG LEE

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

What she did: Finished a strong season and an impressive career with a two-day 193 to finish 20th during the Class 1A State Tournament. ... Her finish was third among Northwest Conference golfers. ... A soft-spoken player who developed more leadership this season. ... Finished ninth in Stableford points among NWC golfers with 273, earning a first-team All-NWC selection. ... Had season highs of 52 points at Avalon Golf Course and a score of 56 to open the season.

MADI MCNEELY

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

What she did: Earned her first career top 10 state finish taking ninth during the Class 2A State Tournament, shooting a two-day 179. ... Finished 18th as a sophomore and 22nd as a freshman. ... Won medalist honors with a 78 during the Northwest District Tournament. ... Helped the Red Raiders win their 11th state title in the last 12 years. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection with 355 Stableford points, ranking fourth among NWC golfers.

EMILY MING

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

What she did: Qualified for her first trip to state and finished 12th with a two-day 181 during the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Arguably the top Northwest Conference golfer outside of Bellingham's talented foursome. ... Finished in a tie for fifth during the Northwest District Tournament. ... Finished fifth in Stableford points among all NWC golfers with 326, earning a first-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped the Lions finish fifth in league.

AUDREY OREM

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

What she did: The Western Washington University signee ended her Red Raiders golfing career with a sixth-place finish during the Class 2A State Tournament, shooting a two-day 175. ... Finished her time at Bellingham with three state tournament appearances, placing 19th as a junior and 22nd as a sophomore. ... Tied for fifth during the Northwest District Tournament with an 85. ... Helped the Red Raiders win their 11th state title in the last 12 years. ... A first-team All-Northwest Conference selection with 398 Stableford points, ranking second among NWC golfers.

JENN PAUL

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

What she did: Put together another strong season, finishing fourth with a two-day score of 169 during the Class 2A State Tournament. ... Earned her third consecutive top five state finish, placing fourth as a sophomore and fifth as a freshman. ... Placed second at the Northwest District Tournament with a 79. ... Helped the Red Raiders win their 11th state title in the last 12 years. ... Selected All-Northwest Conference Player of the Year after recording 406 Stableford points, the most of any NWC player.

ABBI RAUTENBERG

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

What she did: Ended Meridian career with her second state appearance, placing 14th during the Class 1A State Tournament with a two-day 184. ... Placed 10th as a junior. ... Advanced to state with an 87 during the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament. ... Finished eighth in Stableford points among Northwest Conference golfers with 309, earning her a first-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped the Trojans finish fifth in the NWC standings.

LAURA WILSON

School: Mount Baker

Year: Senior

What she did: Put together the top performance of any Northwest Conference golfer at the Class 1A State Tournament, placing 11th with a two-day 178. ... Ended career with three state tournament appearances, taking 16th as a junior and 39th as a sophomore. ... Finished fifth during the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament with an 85. ... Ended season ranked sixth in Stableford points among NWC players with 315, earning a first-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped Mount Baker finish third in the NWC standings.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Player School

Maddi Atwood-Knudson Squalicum

Emma Brown Mount Baker

Emily Crabtree Lynden

Alex Ferrier Bellingham

Courtney Flannery Squalicum

Emily Greathouse Blaine

Erika Henderson Mount Baker

Melanie Henley Sehome

Christian Kim Squalicum

Ashlyn Morgan Lynden

Nicole Morgan Ferndale

Etaane Neumann Squalicum

Hannah Peterson Sehome

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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