The Pacific Northwest’s best junior golfers were on hand over the weekend at Tumwater Valley Golf Course for the Pacific Northwest Junior Championship and a pair of Eastlake High School students led the way.
Ashley Fitzgibbons shot 155 over two days to finish in a tie for sixth in the girls 16-18 age division, while teammate Maddie Nelson shot 172 to finish in 19th.
Li Wang shot 147 to finish in a four-way tie for sixth in the boys 16-18 age group, while Issaquah’s Zach Overstreet fired a 148 to end in a tie for 10th.
Spencer Weiss was 17th and Michael Butler 19th to round out the Sammamish competitors in the event.
Two-time 3A state champion Frank Garber won the title by two strokes with a 71-68-139 for the boys and Gigi Stoll of Beaverton, Ore. took the girls title by a stroke over Olivia Benzen of Tacoma.
The Pacific Northwest section includes Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho, Western Montana and Alaska.
Penner leads UNLV
While some current Wolves were staking their claim as the region’s best, a former Eastlake standout was being tested against the top golfers in the NCAA at the Men’s Golf Championships at Capital City Club in Milton, Ga.
Kevin Penner, a student-athlete at UNLV and Eastlake graduate, finished in second place after a sudden death playoff hole with Ollie Schniederjans of Georgia Tech in the tournament’s match play quarterfinals.
Penner finished in a tie for second in the stroke play tournament, shooting a two-under 69-67-68-204 to finish three strokes behind champion Max Homa of California-Berkeley.