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Three Bellingham golfers advance through Drive, Chip and Putt local qualifier

Ferndale's Max Nordstrom watches his drive at the Drive Chip and Putt qualifier on Tuesday, June 23, at Lake Padden Golf Course in Bellingham.
Ferndale's Max Nordstrom watches his drive at the Drive Chip and Putt qualifier on Tuesday, June 23, at Lake Padden Golf Course in Bellingham. The Bellingham Herald

Bow’s Payson Atkinson won the boys’ 10-11 division title and three Bellingham golfers also advanced through the local qualifier for the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship on Tuesday, June 23, at Lake Padden Golf Course.

Sophia Schmidt placed second in the girls’ 14-15 division, while Cassidy Hogan (girls’ 7-9) and Tristan Thomas (boys’ 7-9) each placed third overall in their respective divisions to earn trips to the sub-regional qualifier Aug. 9 at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie. From the sub-regional, competitors will advance to the regional at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place and eventually to the national championship on April 3 at Augusta National Golf Club.

Besides Atkinson, Elise Liu of Richmond, B.C. (girls’ 7-9), Jay Xu of Burnaby, B.C. (boys’ 7-9), Bonnie Zhai of Surrey, B.C. (girls’ 10-11), Redmond’s Emma Lim (girls’ 12-13), Ilirian Zall of Vancouver, B.C. (boys’ 12-13), Laura Wong of West Vancouver, B.C. (girls’ 14-15) and Mukilteo’s Devin Kim.

According to a release, 130 golfers participated, with the top three overall finishers in each division moving on.

Bow’s Spencer Atkinson had the top driving score in the boys’ 7-9 division, while Payson Atkinson was third in the boys’ 10-11. Everson’s Alexie Hagen finished third in driving in the girls’ 10-11 division, while Schmidt was second in the girls’ 14-15.

In chipping, Hogan was second in the girls’ 7-9 division and Schmidt was third in her division. Thomas finished second in the boys’ 7-9 chipping and was followed in third by Bellingham’s Uno Nevarez. Bellingham’s John Kummer was the top chipper in the boys’ 10-11 division.

Hogan finished atop the girls’ 7-9 division in putting, while Haggen was third in the girls’ 10-11 division and Schmidt was second in the girls’ 14-15. Thomas finished second in the boys’ 7-9 division putting and was followed in third by Bellingham’s Daniel Blankenburg. Atkinson finished atop the boys’ 10-11 division putting, while Kummer was second.

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