Nick Nolan might be headed to Gonzaga to play golf, but even he gets nervous before playing in the state tournament. The pressure increased when he started 3-over-par through the first three holes.
“I was tense after the first few holes,” Nolan said. “But I told myself I still had 15 holes to play and that I could get out of it.”
The senior did regroup as he finished the day with a 10-footer on the 18th hole to keep him at 3-over on the first day of the Class 2A State Championships. Nolan (75) is tied for fourth, the same place he finished districts in, heading into the second day at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland.
“I was thinking all day, ‘One of these is going to go in,’” Nolan said. “It boosted my confidence going into tomorrow.”
Coach David Bobillot said he was happy with Nolan’s game management. Nolan said he was he knew he had to play with consistency after the first three holes.
“I know what I did wrong today,” Nolan said. “I’m going to be riding on putting and hitting good tee shots tomorrow.”
Lynden’s Alex Crabtree (77) and district champ Ezra Arneson (78) made it under the cutline of 84 to advance to the second day of state.
Sehome’s Kyle Reilly (76) finished one stroke behind Nolan and sits in ninth place. Bellingham’s Zach Nolan (83) just made it in under the cutline.
Whatcom County players