Todd Milles turned in this report from the state golf tournaments:
One local product wanted to join his school’s fraternity of state individual golf champions.
The other wanted to keep pace with his brother.
When it came to finishing off a tournament, Bellarmine Prep’s James Feutz and Life Christian Academy’s Nathan Putnam were in fine form Wednesday.
Feutz, a sophomore, shot his second consecutive 3-under-par 69 to win his first Class 4A title by three strokes over Kentridge’s Sean McMullen at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.
Putnam, a senior, was equal to the task, closing with an even-par 65 to captured his first 1B/2B crown by six strokes over Colfax’s Caleb Bravard at Tri-City Country Club, joining his older brother, Andrew (2004, 2006-07) as a state winner.
The girls squads from Bellarmine Prep (4A), Cascade Christian (1A) and Life Christian (1B/2B) were also crowned champions.
A couple of back-nine birdies gave Feutz the lead, but he kept it with a pair of splendid up-and-downs on the 16th and 17th holes to emerge victorious.
He canned a 6-foot birdie putt on the 13th to move to 6-under for the tournament, but Beamer’s Broc Johnson was right on his heels.
The Lions’ standout then made a 6-foot par-saving putt on the 16th where Johnson bogeyed, then got up-and-down from trouble on the next hole for another par.
Feutz joins Todd Erwin (1979), Patrick Brownfield (1988) and Dusty Brett (1995) as 4A champions from Bellarmine Prep.
“That is what feels good, there’s only been three other guys who have won state championships,” Feutz said. “And with all the success we’ve had with Kyle (Stanley) and T.J. (Bordeaux) … for me to put my name on the trophy feels great.”
Being the youngest brother of a Nationwide Tour professional (Michael) and one of college’s top golfers (Andrew) isn’t easy. But this Putnam golfer lived up to the billing.
His key hole came on the par-4 12th where he punched an 150-yard approach through the trees, then sank a 20-foot birdie putt to give him a big lead.
“I’m trying to stay up (to the family standard),” said Putnam, who will attend Seattle Pacific University, but not to play golf. “It’s pretty special, yeah.”
On a rain-filled front nine at Sun Willows Golf Course, the outlook looked bleak for the Bellarmine Prep girls.
But the sun came out for the final nine holes, and so did the low scoring for the Lions. Their four golfers – Jordan Ferreira (even-par 36), Hannah Carmichael (37), Allie Bordeaux (39) and Gracie Dyer (39) – all shot under 40 to rally.
It was their first 4A team title since 2005.
“Every one of them kicked it into gear,” Lions coach Mark Bender said.
McMullen shot a 69 to match Feutz for low round of the day. He and Johnson, his South Puget Sound League rival, tied for second at 141. … Ferreira finished four strokes behind Lewis and Clark’s Chessey Thomas (138), who defended her title. … Rue, the 2009 1B/2B champion, was the runner-up by three strokes to Odessa’s Kira Powell (145) at Tri-City Country Club. … Alex Howell’s third-place finish (165) paced the Cascade Christian girls to the 1A title at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. … Enumclaw’s Tyler Salsbury was the 3A boys runner-up by two shots to Hanford’s Scott Kim (142). Peninsula’s Luke Erickson was third at 145, and Lakes High’s Ben Fosnick was tied for fourth at 146 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland. … Elma’s Alexis Keating (145) edged Steilacoom’s Cherokee Kim (148) for the 2A girls crown at Apple Tree Golf Resort in Yakima.