A popular axiom in golf is that you play the course, and notice the competition.
A year ago, Shelton High’s Alec Martinson was one of the better golfers in the Class 4A ranks. He was close to challenging for the Narrows 4A title a year ago – and ended up finishing tied for eighth at the state championships.
In 2013, his school moved down to 3A where the Bellarmine Preps, Olympias and Central Kitsaps have been replaced by others with less tradition.
Martinson still went about his business Wednesday, claiming the Narrows 3A title after closing with a 5-over-par 77 in the final round at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.
He finished at 10-over 154 – not great by his high standards – but still seven strokes ahead of teammate Grant Cation (76) at 161.
Shelton swept the top three spots with Martinson, Cation and Zach Lund (163).
“We’re definitely improving,” Martinson said, “even though it was a rough day for all of us.”
Both days, the final five holes gave Martinson fits. He was even-par through 13 holes in both rounds, and finished that last five holes in 5-over.
In 4A, that might have cost him an automatic berth to the state tournament. Not in 3A, however.
“Yeah, it is weird – a little different,” Martinson said. “Not as much of a challenge, of course.”