LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. — Madison Darnold shot an 8-over par 80 for Wa-Hi, and qualified for state as she finished fifth out of 48 on the individual leaderboard here in the District 8 Championships at MeadowWood Golf Course on Tuesday.

Competing along with teammate Hallee Yaw for an individual berth at state — berths went to the top six girls not already on a qualified team — Darnold finished the two-day tournament with a 157 that was 10 strokes behind champion Kami Twinning, of Central Valley.

Already having gone to state last season, Darnold will return to Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane for the May 21-22 tournament.

“Madison didn’t score quite as well today, but she did what she needed to do to get to state,” Wa-Hi coach Bill Howard said. “She hit the ball well again today, but the putter just wasn’t working again today. 

“There always seems to be a lot more pressure in getting to state, especially for the seniors,” Howard said. “Now that she’s got that out of the way, I think she’ll be able to relax a bit more on the course and shoot some pretty good scores next week.”

The last individual berth went to Chalise King, of Chiawana, with a 179 here.

Yaw had finished Monday even with King at 96, but second-round play saw the two go in opposite directions.

King cut 13 strokes on Tuesday, while Yaw turned in a 100 to finish in 26th place.

“Hallee struggled on day two, but overall she had a pretty good season,” Howard said. “She improved quite a bit over last year, and she’s looking forward to next season and continuing to shoot lower scores. 

“This was the first season she’s really shot some good scores and been in the mix to get to state,” Howard said, “so it was a good learning experience for her and something to build on for next season.”

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