Her coach compares her to Ernie Els, the good-natured, sweet-swinging veteran from South Africa on the PGA Tour.
And Bellarmine Prep’s Alivia Brown is just fine with that.
The Lions’ junior, and Washington State University commit is winning tournaments now with great regularity – and added to her haul Wednesday by winning the Narrows 4A girls’ tournament at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
Brown closed with a 1-over-par 73 to earn his first league crown.
Her two-round, 1-under 143 total edged teammate Olivia Benson (73) by two strokes. Central Kitsap’s Katie Lee (78), an NCAA Division I recruit, was tied for third at 155 with Bellarmine Prep’s Lisa Zelasko (personal-best 73).
The Lions, who have won the past three Class 4A state team championships under coach Mark Bender, are heavy favorites to nab No. 4 in more than a week in Vancouver.
Usually understated, Brown – known for her exceptional short game – said May is an important month on her schedule.
“My game is coming around pretty well,” Brown said.
In last year’s 4A tournament, Brown beat former teammate Jordan Ferriera and Lee in a sudden-death playoff to win the individual title.
Lee has been a more heralded player in the junior ranks, but has a big gap to make up if she wants to upend Brown and any of her Lions’ teammates.
“Alivia is consistent,” Lee said. “I wish I had her putting game.”