Bellingham sweeps 2A golf team titles



Bellingham's Jenn Paul pumps a fist toward teammates before hitting the course as Squalicum and Bellingham took on Anacortes and Burlington-Edison in a girls' golf match at Skagit Valley Golf & Country Club on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in Burlington.


The Bellingham girls' golf team claimed its 12th state championship on Thursday, May 29, at The Classic Golf Club in Spanaway, while the Bellingham boys followed up by winning its fourth team title and its second in four years.

All 12 girls' titles have come in the past 13 years, and the Red Raiders have now won the Class 2A crown six straight years.

The Bellingham girls scored 98 team points, beating out second-place Hockinson's 73.

Jenn Paul came up just one stroke short of becoming the sixth Red Raider girls' golfer to win an individual state title. Though Paul posted the low round of the day at 78 and finished at 160, Fife's Kendall Gray held her off by shooting an 80 to finish with a two-day total of 159.

Bellingham's Madi McNeely finished tied for fourth with a two-day total of 178 after shooting an 84 on Thursday.

Alex Ferrier rounded out the Red Raiders' scoring by placing 25th, after she shot a 99 for a two-day total of 199.

Squalicum finished eighth, with Maddi Atwood-Knutzen tying for 16th with a two-day total of 191 following her 95 on Thursday. Courtney Flannery finished 31st with a 204 after shooting 103 on Thursday.

Lynden's Emily Ming finished tied for 12th with a 185 after shooting 94.

On the boys' side, Bellingham scored 107.5 points to beat out Clarkston's 68.5. Lynden was fourth with 53 points on the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.

Cody Roth led the Red Raiders by finishing in a second-place tie with Eprhata's Aaron Whalen. Roth shot a 71 on Thursday to finish with a two-day total of 144, 11 strokes behind champion Matt Maresse of Sammamish, who tore up the course that will be used for the U.S. Open next year with a first-round ace and a 65. Maresse followed that up with a 68 on Thursday.

Bellingham's Nick Nolan shot a 77 on Thursday to place 12th with a 159, while Taylor Paul also had a strong second round, shooting a 78 to climb to 15th with a 163. Rees Kruhlak rounded out the scoring for the Red Raiders with his second round 88 to finish tied for 29th at 171.

Ezra Arneson got a top-five finish for Lynden, shooting a 77 on Thursday to tie for fifth at 149. Teammate Alex Crabtree tied for 23rd at 167 after he shot an 84 on Thursday.

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