Paul leads Bellingham girls' golf to Whatcom County Championship win


Bellingham girls' golfer Jenn Paul earned medalist honors, and the Red Raiders won a Whatcom County Championship title Tuesday, March 25, at Sudden Valley Golf Course.

Bellingham posted a 254, Squalicum took second with 269, Mount Baker was third with 322, Ferndale followed with 355, Lynden had 369, Meridian scored 386 and Sehome had 413.

"Jenn birdied the first hole she played and kept it solid the rest of the round," Red Raiders coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview. "They punched the greens yesterday, so it was hard to get the pace of the greens. That made it difficult going from one hole to the next."

Paul shot a 39 through nine holes, Madi McNeely recorded a 43, Lynden's Emily Ming placed third with a 46 and both Squalicum's Christina Kim and Courtney Flannery shot a 49.

McKay praised Squalicum for its play, as the Storm only lost by 15 strokes to the perennial premier power in Class 2A girls' golf.

"Squalicum overall, they put four girls in the top 10, and they were solid as well," McKay said. "If we wouldn't had played so well ... 15 shots is close for us for a NWC team. They should get some props for that."

At Sudden Valley Golf Course

Team scores: Bellingham 254, Squalicum 269, Mount Baker 322, Ferndale 355, Lynden 369, Meridian 386, Sehome 413

Medalist: Jenn Paul, Bellingham, 39

Bellingham: Jenn Paul 39, Madi McNeely 43, Alex Ferrier 53, Emma Lochridge 58, Jaycie Roth 61

Squalicum: Christina Kim 49, Courtney Flannery 49, Jordan Flannery 52, Maddi Atwood-Knudson 58, Rachel Campbell 61

Mount Baker: Erika Henderson 54, Emma Brown 62, Baylee Backstrom 68, Asia Roman 68, Ellie Baddeley 70

Ferndale: Shelby McCauley 67, Nicole Morgan 69, Haizel Allen 70, Cienna Semsak 70, Annie Jane Burns 79

Lynden: Emily Ming 46, Ashlyn Morgan 65, Kelsey Walczak 82, Camille Sharp 86

Meridian: Miranda Nunamaker 61, Anna Ratzlaff 71, Taylor Brackenreed 84, Estee Scheffer 84, Haley Sandberg 86

Sehome: Hannah Peterson 70, Taylor Firmstone 73

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