High School Sports

Ming places fifth at state

Lynden girls’ golfer Jade Ming shot an 82 in the second round and placed fifth in the Class 2A State Championships Thursday, May 28, at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty.

Overall, Ming scored a 161 in her first experience at the state tournament.

“My drives felt pretty good today,” Ming said in a phone interview. “It’s pretty cool to be in the top five.”

Toward the end of the round, Ming hit a couple road bumps, double bogeying the 16th and 17th holes.

“If she parred those, she may have had a chance to tie for second,” Lynden coach Curt Kramme said in a phone interview. “All in all, two great days for Jade.”

Bellingham’s Alex Ferrier placed 11th with a score of 169, beating her first-round score by seven strokes. Her second-round score of 81 is the best she has shot in a tournament.

“I was trying not to compare to yesterday. It kept my mood up and my scores lower,” Ferrier said in a phone interview. “It makes me have more expectations for next year. This year the goal was making the top 10 and I almost got there. Next year I definitely want to be in the top 10.”

Emma Lochridge finished the tournament placing 24th with a second-round score of 94 after coming off a tournament-best score of 87 in the first round.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be able to play like I did yesterday,” Lochridge said in a phone interview. “I’m sure we can place just as well as we did this year (next year). I’m looking to hopefully make it into the top 15 or 20 hopefully. The goal this year was to make the second day and next year the goal is to do better than this year.”

For Bellingham coach Brad McKay, he’s happy to see the progress the two golfers have made here at state.

“It’s always good to be moving up the list,” he said. “Both took a big step forward. They’ll both be able to help the younger kids and have the confidence to be able to improve.”

Squalicum’s Christina Kim shot a 90 in the second round for a 19th-place score of 177. Maddie Atwood-Knudson finished the tournament in 22nd place with a score of 178.