It was one of those birdie-making streaks that certainly deflates the competition – and enhances the winning chances of a golfer.
Central Kitsap High’s Auburey MacKenzie likes Lake Spanaway Golf Course. As a ninth grader last year, he lost in a three-man playoff for the Narrows 4A tournament championship.
And he was right in the thick of it Wednesday before pulling away and leaving his peers behind.
MacKenzie, now a sophomore, went like this – birdie at No. 9, eagle at No. 10, birdie at No. 11 and another birdie at No. 12 en route to a 2-under-par 70.
He finished at 1-under 143, four strokes better than Olympia’s Brendan McCauley (74), and six shots clear of overnight leader Greg Gildea, of Bellarmine Prep (77).
When he birdied the ninth hole on a 20-foot putt, he was tied with McCauley for the lead. And at the par-5 10th hole, his hybrid iron approach from 220 yards landed 8 feet from the hole.
His putt tracked right at the hole, but hung on the lip.
“I started walking,” MacKenzie said.
He was set to tap his golf ball in, only to watch it fall in for eagle.
At No. 11, a difficult, dogleg-right par 4, he pulled his approach shot, and faced a 40-footer for birdie. He knocked it in.
And at the 12th, he rolled in a 15-footer to complete his run.
“Five under in four holes – I was kind of in shock, too,” MacKenzie said. “Just tried to roll with it.”