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Originally published Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:13 PM

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4A boys golf: Sean Yi of Thomas Jefferson leads after first round

The freshman from Thomas Jefferson in Federal Way tiptoed his way around the course Wednesday at the Class 4A boys state golf championships.


The Columbian (Vancouver)

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With rainstorms swirling around Camas Meadows Golf Club, Sean Yi would not throw caution to the wind.

The freshman from Thomas Jefferson tiptoed his way around the course Wednesday at the Class 4A boys state golf championships.

In the process, Yi snuck ahead of many higher-seeded golfers. He shot a 3-under-par 69 to take the lead after the first round.

That is one stroke ahead of Luke Kuna of Snohomish heading into Thursday’s final round. Rudy Caparas of Lynnwood and Tanner Kovacevich of Puyallup are two shots back.

Yi used his practice round Tuesday to craft a conservative strategy.

“I learned ... when to be aggressive and when to lay back a little,” Yi said.

Notes

• In the 3A state boys golf tournament at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield, two-time defending 3A state champion Frank Garber of Juanita was tied for fourth with a 73. Spencer Tibbits of Fort Vancouver is in the lead after a 2-under-par 70, while Spencer Long of Columbia River shot a 71. Grant Cole of Interlake was alone in third place with a 72.

• In the 3A state girls golf tournament at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland, Sierra Bezdicek of Mount Spokane holds a one-stroke lead over Mercer Island freshman Rachel Fujitani and a two-shot advantage over junior Sarah Rhee from Ingraham. Bezdicek shot a 1-under 72.

• In the 4A state girls golf tournament at Club Green Meadows Golf Course in Vancouver, Alivia Brown of Bellarmine Prep, Newport’s Marianne Lee and Eastlake’s Jamie Midkiff scored a 76 and are tied for third, three shots off the leader, Sierra Kersten of Lewis & Clark High. Bellarmine Prep has its sights set on a fifth straight 4A girls team championship with all six of its golfers making the cut. But Eastlake is the most represented high school at the top of the leaderboard with three golfers in the top 10, including Maddie Nelson (78) and Ashley Fitzgibbons (79).



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