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Kaik claims fourth-place at Cascade Conference golf championship

Jenna Kaik, a junior on the Falcon girls golf team, chips up the hill on the seventh hole during the Cascade Conference championship Monday at the Snohomish Golf Course.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Jenna Kaik, a junior on the Falcon girls golf team, chips up the hill on the seventh hole during the Cascade Conference championship Monday at the Snohomish Golf Course.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

SNOHOMISH — With dry greens, the ball rolled just fast enough for South Whidbey junior Jenna Kaik to drop a long putt for bogey. Shots like that one on the seventh hole helped Kaik finish in fifth-place at the Cascade Conference girls golf championship Monday at the Snohomish Golf Course.

It was one of Kaik’s best rounds of golf, and one of the few full rounds the conference was able to play all year.

“I guess it’s a personal best, but I knew I could’ve done better. I kind of choked on some holes,” Kaik said.

Despite Kaik’s top-10 finish, South Whidbey’s team score put them last at fifth place with 601 total strokes. King’s won the team title with 517, and Lakewood placed second with 532. Both Sultan and Coupeville did not qualify for a team score because neither fielded a minimum of five golfers.

Kaik’s top-five finish wasn’t without its issues. After a long day in the sun, she hit the wrong ball on the 18th fairway and was penalized two strokes.

“The very last hole, the 18th hole, was more tricky. I hit someone else’s ball,” Kaik said. “They were like 10 feet away from each other. I didn’t check.”

Last year, Kaik ended the season with some of her best performances and qualified for the 2A state girls golf championship. Her season-long goal has been to return, and her best score at the conference match bodes well for the District 1 contest May 14-15, which is also at the Snohomish Golf Course.

“I need to work on my chipping a lot, and those greens were really fast, so I need to learn to slow it down,” Kaik said.

South Whidbey was helped by a slew of young talent. Chelsey Schultz, the Falcons’ second-best golfer finished with 106 strokes, only one stroke high of tying her season-best score, which put her at 13th place overall.

“I felt like I did all right, but I want to do better,” said Schultz, a junior.

“My drives were working really well. The greens I was unused to because they were fast since they were dry.”

It was her first time on the Snohomish course, though she looked forward to the district match at the same location.

“It was my first time playing that course. Knowing the layout makes it a lot easier the second time.”

South Whidbey was without junior Hannah Cotton, usually the third golfer to tee off the Falcons. Cotton dislocated her right shoulder playing soccer last week and was unable to golf. Rosie Portillo, a freshman, finished third for South Whidbey with 124 strokes; freshman Molly Sage had 135; and freshman Tasha Cortez scored 140.

The District 1 2A girls golf tournament is scheduled to tee off at 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 at the Snohomish Golf Course, located at 7806 147th Ave. S.E. in Snohomish. After the first round, only the top half of the field of Cascade and Northwest conference golfers advance to the second day. The top 19 golfers will qualify for the state tournament.

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