Li Wang of Sammamish defeated Tyler Salsbury of Enumclaw in a playoff last weekend to claim the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship for the Boys 14-15 division at Bellevue’s Glendale Country Club. The two finished tied at a three-day total of 217 for the Boys 14-15 division, but Salsbury failed to sink a putt on the first playoff hole, handing the win to Wang.
Frank Olav Garber of Kirkland took home the Boys 12-13 division with a 217, while Spencer Tibbits of Vancouver won the Boys 8-11. Boys 16-17 champion Michael Rutledge began the final round Saturday tied with Zach Wanderscheid. Rutledge, a Mount Si graduate, shot a 1-over-par 73, and finished with a final score of 215, two better than Wanderscheid of Goldendale and Kent Hagen of Covington.
Lauren Sewell, a 17-year-old who will be a senior at Kentridge High School next year, won the girl’s 16-17 title. Sewell finished the final at par, winning the tile by four strokes over Kirkland’s Simone Strauss.
Sewell won the event three years ago as a 14-year-old; this was her last year of eligibility in a bid to win the title again.
Kimberly Santiago of Lynnwood won the Girls 14-15 title with a score of 228, while Dupont’s Cherokee Kim won the 12-13 with a score of 223. Sarah Rhee of Seattle won the Girls 8-11.