The Bellingham girls' golf team began the season on a winning note, claiming the Triple 3 golf tournament Thursday, March 13, at the Avalon Golf Course.
The Red Raiders' pairing of Jenn Paul and Madi McNeely combined to shoot a 35, lifting Bellingham to a eight-stroke victory over Mount Vernon, which placed second with a total of 138. Mount Baker came in third with a total of 154. Sedro-Woolley and Anacortes rounded out the tournament with scores of 177 and 202, respectively.
"Out of our six players, we had two see their first varsity match," Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview, eluding to the pairing of Emma Lochridge and Maddy Arnold. "They were pretty excited about that."
Lochridge and Arnold combined to shoot a combined total of 45, while the pairing of Sadie Steele and Jaycie Roth shot 50 for Bellingham.
Paul and McNeely, the leading seniors for the Red Raiders, weren't quite in mid-season form, McKay said, but they looked pretty solid throughout.
Mount Baker's pairing of Emma Brown and Baylee Backstrom combined to shoot the second-best round behind Paul and McNeely, finishing with a score of 40.
Triple 3 golf tournament
At Avalon Golf Course
Team scores: Bellingham 130, Mount Vernon 138, Mount Baker 154, Sedro-Woolley 177, Anacortes 202.
Medalist: Jenn Paul, Bellingham, and Madi McNeely, Bellingham, 35
Bellingham: Emma Lochridge and Maddy Arnold 45; Sadie Steele and Jaycie Roth 50
Mount Vernon: Jullian Kaufman and Carly Patrick 46; Darby Hewitt and Rebecca Housh 45; Alisyn Schmidt and Alyssa Evans 47.
Mount Baker: Emma Brown and Baylee Backstrom 40; Henderson and Baddeley 49; Asia Roman and Danielle Parnz 65.
Sedro-Woolley: Brown and Brown 50; Johnson and Sligar 52.
Anacortes: Rebecca and Nota 52.