|Team: Golf (Boys)|
|State Tournament - First Place|
Hanford's Scott Kim claimed the 3A boys state golf championship Wednesday at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland, shooting an even-par 72 in the second round to edge out Enumclaw's Tyler Salsbury by two strokes.
Kim finished at 2-under 142, keeping Salsbury at bay as the two each shot 72s in the final round to give the Hanford junior his first state title.
Kim finished tied for third place a year ago and was determined to take the top spot this time around.
"I wasn't all that mad about last year because I played so bad on the first day," he said. "To come out and shoot 69 at Meadow (in round two last year) was pretty big. But I wasn't exactly happy because I still lost by four. This is definitely a much better feeling."
The Falcons also shared the team title with Mount Vernon, thanks to freshman Tanner Martin finishing in a tie for fourth at 2-over 146.
"It's pretty amazing," Martin said. "I've always wanted to win a state championship and me being a part of that will make me go to bed at night happy."
History was made at Columbia Point Golf Course as Chelan senior Kelli Bowers became only the second girl ever to win four state championships, rallying from a four-shot deficit to edge Freeman's Alyssa Maine by one stroke for the 1A title.
Also repeating as a state champion was Lewis & Clark's Chessey Thomas, who won the 4A girls at Sun Willows by two shots over Kentwood's Rui Li.
Richland, which qualified four golfers to today's final round, struggled as a team and finished seventh, with sophomore Kristin Strankman tying for 16th place.
Kim got off to a hot start with birdies on the second and fourth holes, but three consecutive three-putts stalled his momentum.
"It was tough," Kim said. "I didn't hit that well on the back (nine). I three-putted three times in a row and that got me riled up."
Kim settled down to birdie the 11th hole and extend his lead. He didn't know it, though, as Salsbury played in the trio ahead of Kim's.
"There were a lot of kids who were at 72 or 73 (after the first round) that if they shot 68 they could come back easy," Kim said. "So I just played my game."
Martin shot a second consecutive 73 and said his putting "really saved me today. I was in some bad positions, and my putter came around and saved me some pars and birdies."
The freshman called it "an honor" to finish in the top 10 at the end of his initial season, but Kim said this performance is just the beginning for Martin.
"Tanner could win it the next three years, easy," Kim said.