Five things to watch in state golf
1 Saints set sights on fourth title in row
It’s not who you play, but how you play – that’s the kind of mantra coach Scott Marcum uses with his Interlake boys golf team.
And it works. The Saints have a chance to win a fourth straight state title this week in the Tri-Cities. They are the defending 3A champions and won back-to-back 2A crowns before that.
Marcum, who has three qualifiers in senior Andy Liu, junior Grant Cole and senior Collin Joy, isn’t worried about the other players and teams in the field.
“It’s so much about our team,” he said. “If our kids come and and perform the way they have the last few years, it doesn’t matter who else is in the field. Everything will take care of itself.”
2 Can Frank Garber grab a piece of history?
Juanita’s Garber goes for an unprecedented straight 3A boys championship. After running away with the tournament as a sophomore, he won in a playoff last year.
Interlake has two possible contenders in senior Andy Liu, who has a pair of top-10 state finishes under his belt, and junior Grant Cole, who was the medalist at the Sea-King District 3A tournament last fall (Liu placed third and Garber fifth).
3 Bellarmine Prep girls expected to roll in 4A again
Bellarmine Prep has dominated all comers at the 4A girls tournament the past four years, their margin of victory growing each time, blossoming to 75½ last season.
Bellarmine brings in six players — including a trio of Division I signees — and it likely won’t be close again.
4 What can the Kamiak girls do?
Kamiak swept six of the 12 state berths out of the Northwest 4A district girls tourney — and the last of them, sophomore Shawnna Cabanday, joined the party in a fun way. She was sitting 14th (two out of the running) until she hit a hole-in-one to make the cut.
Sophomore Renee Kwaktook took medalist honors by 16 strokes over teammate Hannah Lee, a junior, and could be a top-10 finisher at state.
5 Mercer Island girls could be in the trophy mix
MI had its long, dual-match streak ended by Bellevue this month but came back to win the Sea-King 3A district tournament, led by freshman medalist Rachel Fujitani.
MI coach Don Papasedero said his team could contend for the title, with Bellevue, Enumclaw and Mount Spokane.