Ferndale boys' golfer Tanner Lester shot a 97 and missed the cut on day one at the Class 3A Boys' Golf State Tournament on Wednesday, May 28, at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield.
Lester was done in by the sixth hole, where he hit the rough and struggled to recover.
"He started out playing really well, but on the sixth he got into some knee-high grass and tried to play it out," Ferdale coach Joel Wark said in a phone interview. "He took a 15 on the hole and it took him right out of the competition."
Despite the shot deficit, Lester was able to gather his composure and finish the round, which impressed his coach quite a bit.
"He just tried to make a hero shot and in your dreams it usually comes out better," Wark said. "He handled himself with a lot of class. He had a couple errant shots after that and lost focus for a bit, but once he got it back he made some pars and bogeys the rest of the way."
Lester was disappointed with the round, but still recognized the elite level of play he had to achieve to make it to state.
"I thought my season was really good," Lester, a Ferndale senior, said in a phone interview. "Making it here was a huge accomplishment, I just wish I did a little better today."
CLASS 3A BOYS
Tanner Lester 97