Lynden’s Jade Ming shot a 79 and is currently in fourth place after the first round of the Class 2A State Championships Wednesday, May 27, at Meadowwood Golf Course.
“I really liked the course,” Ming said in a phone interview. “My short game was pretty good today. My chipping and putting saved me a couple times.”
For Ming, a freshman for the Lions, this is her first experience at state. But the opportunity to play with new people and new courses is what she has liked so far.
“I’m getting a feel for it,” she said. “If I do good, then great. I’m just taking it one shot at a time.”
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Lynden coach Curt Kramme credits Ming’s first-round performance to her ability to convert 50-50 putts.
“She made quite a few testy putts,” he said. “That’s typically when golfers have better days. Hopefully she will have another great day.”
The Red Raiders’ Emma Lochridge and the Storm’s Christina Kim are currently tied for 12th place heading into the second round, 16 strokes behind the leader.
Alex Ferrier shot an individual score of 87 for Bellingham to make the cut of 96.
“Alex and Emma played really well today, two best tournament scores they’ve ever shot,” Bellingham coach Brad McKay said in a phone interview. “From the first hole both were very confident. It kind of came easy to them.”
Ferrier credits her strong start to her all-around play on the course.
“A lot of my irons were doing what they were supposed to be doing,” she said. “I had some good drives and felt good about putting. All over it was a fun day.”
Lochridge came out strong right at the start of her warmup, McKay noted. Taking the warmup straight into her first-round performance.
“Things were clicking,” Lochridge said. “Straight from my warmup I went to the tee and parred the first hole. I didn’t know I was shooting an 87 until the very end.”
Squalicum’s Maddie Atwood-Knudson finished the first round with a 91 to go along with Kim’s 87.
“After last year it was a goal of mine to make it to the second day and have a better experience than last year,” Kim said. “I had a phenomenal day. I’m impressed and pleased with the way I played.”
Atwood-Knudson had a strong front nine to start the first round, which helped her going into the back nine as she struggled to find her rhythm.
“The back (nine) really got me,” Atwood-Knudson said. “I’m just glad I played well on the front. That saved me.”
Even on the tough back nine, Squalicum coach Chad Herman was pleased with the way the two managed their play on the course.
“They both had pretty good days and did a good job on the front nine to put themselves in position (to advance),” Herman said.
The Class 2A State Championships will continue at 7:35 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at Meadowwood Golf Course.