State golf begins today with 50-plus from Clark County

Graham Moody of Mountain View is defending 3A champion

The spring state championships have started.

Most of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association state championship events for the spring season will be held later in the week, with team champions crowned on Saturday, as well as finals for tennis and track and field.

Golfers get an early taste of glory, though.

The WIAA state golf championships started today at various courses.

Graham Moody of Mountain View is the defending champion at Class 3A. He will tee off at 2:18 p.m. today at Indian Summer Country Club in Lacey.

Graham Moody of Mountain View is the defending champion at the Class 3A boys state golf tournament. Photo by Mike Schultz
Graham Moody of Mountain View is the defending champion at the Class 3A boys state golf tournament. Photo by Mike Schultz

Mountain View also qualified as a team. This is the first year the WIAA is using total strokes for a full team to determine a team champion. A year ago, Mountain View finished fourth as a team, using the points system. Prairie also qualified as a team in Class 3A.

In 4A boys, Owen Huntington of Camas was set to tee off at 9:18 a.m. at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane. He finished fifth last season.

Owen Huntington of Camas finished fifth in the Class 4A boys golf state tournament last year. Photo by Mike Schultz
Owen Huntington of Camas finished fifth in the Class 4A boys golf state tournament last year. Photo by Mike Schultz

In 4A girls, the Camas Papermakers qualified as a team. They finished second last year in the points system. They are at Hangman Valley in Spokane.

Emma Cox, the district champion, will lead the Camas girls team to state. Photo by Paul Valencia
Emma Cox, the district champion, will lead the Camas girls team to state. Photo by Paul Valencia

In 3A girls, Mountain View qualified as a team.

The Ridgefield Spudders have a solid team in Class 2A boys. That squad includes Kellen Bringhurst, who had the rare feat of playing at state in two sports this season. He was a key member of the baseball team that reached the quarterfinals.

(Clarification: The 2A and 1A golf tournaments still use a points system to determine a team champion.)

Why a baseball photo in a golf story? Because Kellen Bringhurst of Ridgefield made it to state in baseball and in golf. He tees off today in the Class 2A tournament. He helped the Spudders reach the state quarterfinals in baseball. Photo by Mike Schultz
Why a baseball photo in a golf story? Because Kellen Bringhurst of Ridgefield made it to state in baseball and in golf. He tees off today in the Class 2A tournament. He helped the Spudders reach the state quarterfinals in baseball. Photo by Mike Schultz

Here is a list of all golfers from Clark County who are set to play at state. There is a cut after today’s round, and the final round is Wednesday.

To get results, check in at the WIAA’s Tournament Central page for golf: http://wiaa.com/subcontent.aspx?SecID=1149

4A Boys

Battle Ground: Anthony Tobias

Camas: Owen Huntington

Skyview: Anthony Chae

Union: Chase Williams, Camden Mills

4A Girls:

Camas: Emma Cox, Ashley Clark, Wenny Cai, Elizabeth Gillespie, Ashley Gillespie

Skyview: Maddy Starwalt

3A Boys:

Evergreen: Russell Fearington

Prairie: Isaac Kinsman, Cam Beeson, Hugh Foster, Brenden Gavin, Brandt Beeson

Mountain View: Graham Moody, Willy Yeh, Tyler Klepec, Evan Zuvich, Jack Campbell

3A Girls:

Fort Vancouver: Kiana Coburn, Hallie Tibbits

Prairie: Charis Abrahamson

Mountain View: Audry Chang, Kaila Bonawitz, Mazey Copeland, Maria Martos, Calley West

2A Boys:

Columbia River: Isaiah Lamont, Brady Yackley, Ryan Snyder

Hockinson: Tanner Hough, Jarrett Christensen

Ridgefield: Cade Bringhurst, Kellen Bringhurst, Kale Suomi, Caden Whitsitt, Nick Radosevich, Eli Saenz

2A Girls:

Columbia River: Madeline Kim, Naomi Phelps, Karlyn Gomez

Hockinson: Hannah Bowie, Isabella Smith

Ridgefield: Samantha Fenton, Alyssa Dewey

Washougal: Corrin Kassel

Woodland: Rayleah Trice, Abby Bozarth

1A Boys:

King’s Way Christian: Cole Sheretz, Ty Mairs, Aiden Pisarczyk

Seton Catholic: Sean Ball, Nathan Lamberton

1A Girls:

La Center: Hannah Graham

King’s Way Christian: Riley Philbrook, Aly Evanson

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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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