SPOKANE — Madison Darnold completed one of the best seasons ever by a Wa-Hi golfer with a 7-over par 80, cutting a stroke from her first-round score at state to place 16th on the 4A girls individual leaderboard here at Hangman Valley Golf Course on Wednesday.
Already having claimed the Mid-Columbia Conference 4A individual title this year, Darnold was one of 70 girls still around for second-round play here in a tournament that had started with 116.
Darnold made the cut with a first-round 81 that was 11 strokes ahead of the last surviving individual (The top 30 girls not playing for one of the eight qualifying teams).
Several of the girls playing Wednesday saw their respective scores go up — eventual state champ Julia Bordeaux, of Bellarmine Prep, came away with the individual title despite going from a 70 to a 72 — but Darnold turned in a better card on Wednesday.
“Madison had a solid front nine, shooting a 2-over par 38,” Wa-Hi coach Bill Howard said. “The back was a bit of a struggle. She shot 42 and was a little disappointed in her final score, but overall she had a really good season.
“Her back 9 wasn’t too bad, she just had a rough stretch making bogeys on the 12th through 14th holes when she missed a few short par putts in a row,” he said. “She hit it a little sideways off the 18th tee but was able to hit a really good 9-iron shot out of the trees to about 20 feet.
“She two-putted for a finishing par; it was nice to see her finish her high school career on a good note.
“Hangman is a par-73 golf course,” Howard said. “It’s a difficult course, and the scores reflected that.
“This was the largest 4A field we’ve had, and the cut was still about four shots higher than the past few years.”
In winning the state title, Bordeaux compiled a 4-under 142.
The Bellarmine Prep junior, who has already committed to play golf at Notre Dame, placed second last year and third as a freshman in 2017.
Meanwhile, Redmond bested teams both days to finish with a 675 that was nine ahead of runnerup Mead.
The tournament had started with 16 teams, but only half — including Pasco, of the MCC — advanced to the second round.
Pasco finished in sixth place with a 722.
The 161 that Darnold ended up with as an individual matched Paige Sommerville, of Chiawana, for best by an MCC representative here.
“Madison was a little disappointed in her scores, but to finish 16th out of 116 players was great,” Howard said. “The past couple years, we’ve had girls finish pretty high individually.
“Madison was able to improve those finishes,” he said. “Her 16th-place finish is the highest individual place we’ve had in quite a few years.
“She had an incredibly consistent year, shooting between 77 and 82 in 11 of her 14 rounds and finished the season with an stroke average of 81.”