Hanford Champion
Year: 2013
Team: Golf (Girls)
STATE CHAMPIONS
DAY ONE - MAY 20, 2013

Hanford’s Taylor Kain-Godoy had a great start at Lewis River in Woodland. She had a 75 and sits in third, five strokes back of leader Chloe Bartek of Columbia River.

“My short game worked really well today,” Kain-Godoy said. “I only three-putted once, and that was on 18. My wedges definitely worked well on the short game.”

DAY 2 - MAY 21, 2013

Through horrible conditions of rain and wind, with standing water on the greens, the Hanford girls golf found a way to defend their Class 3A team title Tuesday at the WIAA state golf championships at Lewis River Golf Course in Woodland.

Everyone fought the elements at various courses in western Washington, and most players found their scores worse than on Tuesday’s opening round.

But that was to be expected.

“The girls thought they played horrible,” said Hanford girls coach Mike Neidhold, who is also the Richland High football coach. “I told them the course is playing 10 stokes harder today. The ball just died when it landed. There was no roll.“

Today was something else,” he continued. “The golf course was playing really tough. It was kind of like a November playoffs game. In the old Lions Den. At night, with wind and rain. I’ve never been in a football game this bad.”

It didn’t stop Hanford’s Taylor Kain-Godoy, whose 82 was seven strokes worse than her opening-day 75 but kept her in third. She finished behind medalist Chloe Bartek of Columbia River, and runnerup Sierra Bezdicek of Mt. Spokane.

“Coming in third to Sierra and Chloe is really good for me,” said Kain-Godoy. “Sierra is really good and this is Chloe’s home course. It was so rainy. It was a constant downpour, and everything was wet.”

For the second straight day, Kain-Godoy’s short game saved her.

“My irons weren’t up to par, but I had some good putts,” she said. She took solace in knowing that she — along with teammates Kelsey Aiello (11th place), Lacy Skwarek (15) and Kate Stephens (26) — helped get the Falcons another team title.“

I think our biggest goal was to defend the title as state champions,” said Kain-Godoy. “We battled hard for this one.”

Neidhold agreed.“Just to win one of them is tough, but two in a row, you count your blessings,” Neidhold said. “This is one to savor. This one was a lot harder to get. I’m just proud of the kids.”

Lewis River Golf Course (Woodinville, WA)

Team scores — 1. Hanford 109; 2. Mt. Spokane 68; 3. Enumclaw 57.

1. Chloe Bartek, Columbia River 70-73—143
2. Sierra Bezdicek, Mt. Spokane 71-79—150
3. Taylor Kain-Godoy, Hanford 75-82—157
4. Sarah Rhee, Ingraham 78-81—159
5. Celia Beyke, Decatur 81-81—162
6. Desirae Haselwood, Bonney Lake 78-85—163
7. Tiffany Wilkening, Enumclaw 79-86—165
8. Catherine Warner, Southridge 81-88—169
9. Annie Leete, Oak Harbor 79-91—170
10. Libby Ramsey, Lakeside (Seattle) 83-89—172

Also

11. Kelsey Aiello, Hanford 84-90—174
15. Lacy Skwarek, Hanford 82-95—177
23. Allison Kadinger, Kennewick 92-93—185
26. Kate Stephens, Hanford 89-98—187