Mercer Island freshman Rachel Fujitani shot even-par 73 on both days at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland to win the 3A state girls golf tournament by one stroke over Ingraham junior Sarah Rhee. Sierra Bezdicek of Mount Spokane, the first-day leader, finished third, five strokes back of Fujitani.
Fujitani had birdies on four of the first six holes on Thursday, shooting a 4-under-par 31 on the front nine to build a lead on Bezdicek.
“I just stuck my approach shots pretty close and made putts, so that was nice,” Fujitani said.
Her start impressed playing partner Bezdicek, who was in contention on the second day for the fourth year in a row.
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“She was playing fantastic on the front side,” Bezdicek said. “When people are playing that well, you just have to be happy for them.”
Bellarmine Prep wins again
For a state-record fifth time in five years, the Bellarmine Prep girls ran away with the 4A team title with a final score of 181.5 points.
The Lions had got what they came for but they also left Club Green Meadows in Vancouver with the tournament’s individual champion: Alivia Brown.
Brown beat defending state champion Sierra Kersten from Lewis & Clark by one stroke after a shooting a 72 on the final day, winning by a final score of 148 to Kersten’s 149.
• Juanita’s Frank Garber, the two-time defending state champion, made a second-day charge in the 3A state boys golf championship at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield and had the round of the tournament on Thursday, firing a four-under-par 68. But his two-day total of 141 was a shot behind Fort Vancouver freshman Spencer Tibbits, who fired his second two-under 70 in a row for a 140 total. Garber, who will be playing for the University of Washington, birdied four of his first six holes Thursday and was tied with Tibbits after each player made the turn. Interlake of Bellevue won the team title. Bishop Blanchet was second.
• Lynnwood senior Rudy Caparas won the 4A state boys golf tournament, following up his 1-under 71 on Wednesday with another 71 to post a four-shot win at Camas Meadows. First-round leader Sean Yi of Thomas Jefferson finished tied for second with Michael Baldridge of Puyallup. Puyallup took home the team title with 112 points, beating out Bellarmine Prep (76).