Eastlake trio delivers KingCo, district golf titles on road to state | Prep sports news

The Wolves will once again be a 4A state title threat, while Spencer Weiss will try to claim an individual crown in his final prep golf meet

A trio of Eastlake golfers are headed to Club Green Meadows in Vancouver for the 4A girls golf state tournament May 28-29, after capturing the KingCo and District championships at Snohomish Golf Course last week.

Sophomore Ashley Fitzgibbons shot 69-69-138 to claim the individual conference and district titles, just in front of teammate and senior Jamie Midkiff, who fired 70-70-140.

Maddie Nelson was the final state qualifier and top-five finisher for the Wolves, shooting 74-73-147 to earn her state tournament spot and conference crown.

“We really talk about preparation,” coach Pat Bangasser said. “Their play and performance was based on the hours they put in year round.”

Fitzgibbons and Midkiff were also named first team All-KingCo selections, while Nelson was a second team honoree. Helen Maslen earned honorable mention distinction for Bangasser, who picked up coach of the year honors in the conference.

Each of Eastlake’s three 2014 state competitors finished in the top-15 last season at state. Fitzgibbons was seventh, Midkiff tied for tenth and Nelson tied for 12th. Issaquah sending two Issaquah senior Hanna Choi and sophomore Emily Chun earned state tournament spots, finishing 10th and 11th respectively.

Katie Chun missed the cut by two strokes.

Boit headed to state for Crusaders in Class 3A

Eastside Catholic’s McKenna Boit finished in fourth place at the Sea-King District girls golf tournament, shooting 39-44-84 to qualify for the 3A girls state tournament at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland.

Boit was the only qualifier for the Crusaders.

Weiss leads Wolves’ duo to boys tournament

Eastlake will send a pair of golfers to the boys state tournament at Camas Meadows Golf Club, as senior Spencer Weiss will try for a title alongside Scott Nielsen.

Bangasser said Weiss, who finished in a tie for eighth place at last year’s state tournament, has the potential to bring home the individual crown.

“He has a great mentality about golf,” he said. “He is really poised and stays focused on the positive.”

Nielsen did not play for the high school team during his freshman season, after initially being uncertain of his potential to make the cut on a team annually rife with district and state competitors.

But after watching him shoot a seven under-par at Willows Run during his tryout round before this season, Bangasser knew he had found something special.

“He has one of the best swings in the whole league,” he said of the southpaw. “He has no idea how good he can be.”