Bellingham's Jenn Paul continues to show that she's the elite girls' golfer in the Northwest Conference, and her performance Thursday, April 24, at the Skagit Golf and Country Club was no exception.
Paul led the Red Raiders to a convincing win over the field after she fired a 74, beatomg second-best finisher Madi McNeely by 10 strokes.
"She made a couple birdies early to get her round going, and kind of hung on," Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview. "She just hits the ball to the hole, never really gets in bad trouble and when she does miss a green, she makes out for par."
It wasn't necessarily her performance that caught McKay, though.
Bellingham's Sadie Steele's 112 was a career-best round for her, he said, adding that her ability to show such improvement is what kept Bellingham below 500.
"She's been working really hard in practice, and I think it payed off for her today," he said. "Hopefully that's an early sign of things to come."
Squalicum finished in second place with a score of 584, while Burlington-Edison and Anacortes rounded out the fields with scores of 684 and 696, respectively.
Leading the Storm was Maddi Atwood-Knudson, who shot a team-best 100.
At SKAGIT COUNTY GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB
Team scores: Bellingham 496, Squalicum 584, Burlington-Edison 684, Anacortes 696
Medalist: Jenn Paul, Bellingham 74
Bellingham: Jenn Paul 74, Madi McNeely 84, Emma Lochridge 104, Sadie Steele 112, Alex Ferrier 122.
Squalicum: Maddi Atwood-Knudson 100, Christina Kim 107, Jordan Flannery 107, Kayla Holmes 130, Rachel Campbell 134.
Burlington-Edison: Sonja Eger 112, Lindzey Jaderlund 120, Piper Browning 136, Tatiana Hoare 157, Alicia Powell 159.
Anacortes: Rebecca Cortez 121, Stephanie Rustad 112, Juliann Conrarzy 132, Metty Zerdarendse 162, Liliann Critchlow 169.