High School Sports

All-Whatcom Prep Girls’ Golf first team

Squalicum's Maddi Knudson watches her ball land on the fairway of hole one at the Whatcom County Championships on Thursday, April 2, at Sudden Valley Golf Course in Sudden Valley, Washington.
Squalicum's Maddi Knudson watches her ball land on the fairway of hole one at the Whatcom County Championships on Thursday, April 2, at Sudden Valley Golf Course in Sudden Valley, Washington. The Bellingham Herald

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

JADE MING

School: Lynden

Year: Freshman

What she did: As Lynden’s only state participant, finished tied for fifth in the Class 2A State Championships, which included a first-day 79 — her personal competition best. Finished the second day with an 82 for a two-day total of 161, just 3 strokes behind second-place. ... Led the Northwest Conference with a regular season 18-hole stroke average of 86.2, more than 3 strokes better than anyone. ... Shot a 92-86-178 in the district tournament to qualify for state. ... Named NWC Most Valuable Player.

First team

MADDI ATWOOD-KNUDSON

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

What she did: Made the Class 2A State Championships for the third consecutive season, finishing tied for 22nd — six spots lower than her junior season despite shooting 13 strokes better. ... Finished state with a two-day total of 91-87-178, helping her team to a ninth-place finish. ... Was tied for third in the Northwest Conference in scoring average with a 91. ... Qualified for state with a 93-93-186 at the Northwest District Tournament. ... Named first-team All-NWC.

ALEX FERRIER

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

What she did: In second consecutive year at Class 2A State Championships, placed 11th — 14 spots better than her 2014 finish. ... Finished with an 88-81-169 topping a team of four Red Raider state golfers that finished fifth as a team. ... Was tied for third in 18-hole scoring among Northwest Conference golfers, as she averaged a 91. ... Qualified for state with a 98-102-200 at the Class 2A Northwest District Tournament. ... Named first-team All-NWC.

CHRISTINA KIM

School: Squalicum

Year: Junior

What she did: At the Class 2A State Championships for second straight season, finished 19th, improving vastly after barely missing the cut last season with a first-round 105. Bettered that total this season with a 87-90-177, helping her team to a ninth-place finish. ... Finished second in the Northwest Conference in 18-hole stroke average with an 89.4 — one of only two golfers to break the 90 mark. ... Qualified for state with a 96-96-192 at district. ... Named first-team All-NWC.

EMMA LOCHRIDGE

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

What she did: Qualified for Class 2A State Championships for second consecutive year by shooting a 103-99-202 at district tournament. ... At state, finished 24th, scoring a two-day total of 87-94-181 after missing cut her sophomore season. ... Was second on fifth-place Red Raiders team at state. ... Ended regular season ranked ninth in Northwest Conference in scoring average with a mean of 100 over 18 holes. ... Named All-NWC first-teamer.

ANNA RATZLAFF

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

What she did: Finished season ranked fifth in Northwest Conference with a 96.6 18-hole scoring average, but faltered at the Class 1A Bi-District Tournament, missing the cut by 6 strokes, as she shot a 111. ... Seemed to gain momentum before the postseason, breaking 95 twice in final four regular season rounds. Shot season-bests with a 94 at Lake Padden Golf Course on April 29 and a 94 at North Bellingham on May 12. ... Named All-NWC first-teamer.

SADIE STEELE

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

What she did: Improved on last year’s Class 2A State Championship score but still missed cut. ... Shot a 104 on the first day, which still was an improvement on last year’s first-day score of 117. ... Qualified for state by shooting team-best 96-96-192 at Northwest District Tournament. ... Ranked seventh in Northwest Conference with an 18-hole scoring average of 99.6, including season-bests of 95 twice. ... Named first-team All-NWC.

NATALIE VERRY

School: Mount Baker

Year: Sophomore

What she did: Was only Whatcom County Class 1A girls’ golfer to qualify for state, shooting a 103 at the bi-district tournament to qualify. ... Once at the Class 1A State Championships, shot a 117, missing the cut. ... Ranked sixth in the Northwest Conference with an 18-hole scoring average of 97. ... Shot season-best 18-hole score of 95 on May 12 at North Bellingham Golf Course. ... First-team All-NWC.

COACH OF THE YEARMARGIE HOVDE

School: Ferndale

What she did: In only third year at Golden Eagles’ helm, led two golfers — Cienna Semsak and Jillian Anderson — to the Class 3A State Championships. ... Managed to get both golfers to peak at the right time, as neither was among the top 10 Northwest Conference regular season golfers in terms of 18-hole stroke averages. ... Followed through on three-year plan of getting golfers to state. ... Had nine golfers that qualified for district tournament , but could only take six.

HONORABLE MENTION

Golfer

School

Gemma Wilson

Mount Baker

Bria Henthorn

Mount Baker

Cienna Semsak

Ferndale

Erin Wood

Bellingham

Jordan Flannery

Squalicum

Hannah Peterson

Sehome

Jillian Anderson

Ferndale

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