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Category: Golf


TAC’s ‘Celebrity Classic’ opens today at Highlands Golf Course

The Tacoma Athletic Commission is putting on its first “Celebrity Classic” golf tournament today to raise money for youth sports in Pierce County.

Fifty-four golfers will be grouped with nine local celebrities for a nine-hole scramble at Highlands Golf Course starting at 1 p.m.

Some of the celebrities:

* Jon Kitna, former Central Washington University and Seattle Seahawks quarterback who is now the coach at Lincoln High School.

* Dane Looker, former UW and St. Louis Rams receiver who is now the receivers’ coach at Pacific Lutheran.

* Bob Houbregs, former UW All-American basketball player who set 10 school scoring

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Kim falls behind, rallies for repeat performance at Class 2A girls golf championship

Down two strokes to Fife High junior Kendall Gray with seven holes to play and a state title hanging in the balance, Steilacoom High’s Cherokee Kim took a deep breath, telling herself to focus on the little things.

It worked. And the result was Kim shooting 1-under through the final seven holes to claim her second straight, Class 2A girls state championship at the Classic Golf Club on Wednesday.

After shooting a 77 in the opening round, Kim finished with a 79 for a winning score of 156 strokes over two-day tournament.

And for the second straight year, Kim fended

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Despite Benzin’s sudden-death playoff loss, Bellarmine Prep girls still nab fourth 4A golf title

Sometimes, even amid a spectacular run of golf like the one the Bellarmine Prep girls have put together, not everything goes your way.

The Lions easily accomplished Wednesday what they set out to do – win their fourth consecutive Class 4A girls’ team championship. With six golfers making the cut at Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, they scored 168 points – well ahead of Kentwood (921/2) and Eastlake (911/2).

But Bellarmine Prep also had a chance to win the individual title in back-to-back seasons, and saw it shockingly halted under rainy weather conditions.

First, overnight leader and defending 4A champion

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Bellarmine Prep’s Gildea (4A boys), Brown (4A girls) lead at state golf championships

They might be Lions. But they survived like ducks.

Unrelenting rain soaked the first round of the west-side WIAA state high school golf championships Tuesday. But Bellarmine Prep’s boys and girls did not seem to mind.

Lions’ top golfer Greg Gildea birdied the first three par-5 holes at Camas Meadows to move into a five-way tie atop the leaderboard at the 4A boys’ tournament. He joined Union’s Eddie Abellar, Lynnwood’s Rudy Caparas, Camas’ Brian Humphreys and Eastlake’s Li Wang with 2-under-par 70s.

And the Bellarmine Prep girls got six of their seven golfers through to the final round, led by

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A Bellarmine Prep parade, led by Brown, dominates Narrows 4A girls’ golf tournament

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

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A pair of 77s good enough for Martinson to win the Narrows 3A boys’ golf title

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

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Birdie binge on tough stretch nets MacKenzie Narrows 4A boys title

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.


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State golf roundup: Bellarmine Prep’s Brown wins 4A girls title, Steilacoom’s Kim claims 2A girls crown

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Before Alivia Brown stepped forward to accept the Class 4A girls golf state tournament individual championship, the Bellarmine Prep sophomore found herself in another spot she’d never been – a playoff.

Brown won on the second hole, birdying the par-5, 537-yard, sinking a 10-foot putt to win Wednesday at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake.

“When you win the 4A state championship,” Lions coach Mark Bender said, “that’s a pretty good day of golf. She played solid all day.”

Brown also helped Bellarmine Prep win its third straight team title. With six golfers in the finals, the Lions totaled 172 points. Lewis and Clark High placed second with 121.5 points.

In the playoff, Brown edged teammate Jordan Ferreira, a Notre Dame commit, and Central Kitsap High’s Katie Lee. All three finished with 36-hole totals of 144 strokes.
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