TUMWATER, Wash. — Shea Kimball, of DeSales, and three Pomeroy girls wrapped up their respective golf seasons in the final round of state here at Tumwater Valley on Wednesday.
The Pirate girls team brought home a second-place trophy.
DeSales came here with three boys, including Dawson Neely and Jake Wylie, but only Kimball survived first-round cuts.
Kimball managed to sneak in with an 88 that was one ahead of the last qualifying spot, and cut two strokes for an overall 174 that put him in 20th place.
Blake Kukula, of Ilwaco, bested the field both days to take home the individual title with a 73-71—144.
Crosspoint topped teams with 41 points, 10 up on second-place Colfax.
Neely finished on Tuesday with a 90, missing the cut by one stroke, and Wylie had a 93 for DeSales.
“That place just gobbled us up,” DeSales coach Lon Olson said. “We didn’t do as well as we had hoped coming in, but it was still a pretty successful season for us when you think about how we had to start with all the snow.
“We never really did catch up, but life goes on,” Olson said. “The kids were great.
“They still had a good time, and we’ll be back (to state).”
Neely, a junior, will return next season with experience at state.
DeSales will also bring back Bailey Lesko, another junior, who qualified as an alternate and played a practice round here.
However, the Irish will have to regroup with the graduation of Kimball and Wylie.
Kimball went to state five years in a row, having qualified in the eighth grade as an alternate.
Shea followed in the footsteps of his older brother Scotty, who also went to state five straight years.
“The Kimball era is over,” Olson said. “I’ve had those kids take me to state every year.”
“They were my automatic ticket.”
The boys played here alongside 47 girls in the second round of their state tournament, with Pomeroy finishing in second place among teams.
The Pirates tallied 78.5 points, 14 back of champion Charles Wright Academy.
Three of the five girls Pomeroy came here with survived first-round cuts.
Deana Caruso led the way for the Pirates, cutting six strokes in the second round for a 76 that brought her overall score to 158 and finished seventh on the individual leaderboard.
Emersyn Walker, of Charles Wright Academy, topped all girls with a 69-72— 141.
Pomeroy also had Chase Caruso compile a 86-89—175 that placed 14th, and Karrie Gould ended up 20th as she turned in a 93-86—179.