Three Whatcom County boys' golfers made the cut after day one at the Class 1A Boys' Golf State Tournament on Wednesday, May 28, at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Spanaway.
Lynden Christian's Lincoln Olson led the way with a 79, six spots off the co-leaders. Hoquiam's John Sand and Zillah's Derrick Phelps are tied for the top spot with a 73.
"I played pretty well and hit some good putts.They just didn't fall," Olson said in a phone interview. "I'm going to try to play more aggressive tomorrow. I'm thinking low 70's."
Olson was bumped out of the top group of golfers after a hard 12th hole.
"He had one triple bogey on 12 that didn't help out things," Lynden Christian coach Dana Hagen said in a phone interview. "It's a tough dog leg left and he hit a long branch that was hanging over the fairway and it rolled into the rough. He wants to start off with some pars tomorrow and see how his game goes."
Blaine's Devon Boucher also made the cut with an 81, but characterized his round as a "roller coaster."
"The lows were pretty low and the highs were pretty high," he said in a phone interview. "On the front nine my ball striking was good, but not my putting. Then on the back nine my ball striking wasn't good, but my putting was good. I went to the range afterwards and kind of figured some glitches out."
Boucher turned his day around on the 13th hole, Blaine coach Steve Barthlow said.
"He sunk a long par putt and one-putted the rest of the way out," Barthlow said in a phone interview. "He birdied the last hole with a long putt that helped drop him down. He kept his head and just plugged away."
Mount Baker's Kenneth Wilson was the only golfer from his team to make the cut with an 80 on the day.
"I think I hit off the tee pretty well. I just wasn't able to make my putts," Wilson said in a phone interview. "I kept hitting them long. I had to rethink a lot of my shots and stop and think. Tomorrow I hope to do better and play my game."
Wilson's fellow Moutaineers didn't fare as well. Dennis Kashubin shot an 88, two shots above the cut, and Matthew Multop finished with a 94.
"They all let some strokes slip away," Mount Baker coach Chad Hoidal said in a phone interview. "Kenny had some trouble putting. Matthew struggled with his drivers, hitting some trees here and there. Dennis had a tough back nine, it was just pouring, so that made him hit a couple doubles."
Meridian's Nick Rautenberg shot an 89 to just miss the cut and John Kihm had a 114.
The Class 1A Boys' Golf State Tournament continues at 8:51 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
CLASS 1A BOYS
*Devon Boucher 81
*Lincoln Olson 79
Nick Rautenberg 89
John Kihm 114
*Kenneth Wilson 80
Matthew Multop 94
Dennis Kashubin 88