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Lone South Whidbey golfer makes state cut

Rosie Portillo takes a practice swing during the 1A tri-district girls golf tournament May 20 at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton. - Matt Portillo photo
Rosie Portillo takes a practice swing during the 1A tri-district girls golf tournament May 20 at Gold Mountain Golf Course in Bremerton.
— image credit: Matt Portillo photo

Rosie Portillo will be the sole South Whidbey Falcon at the state 1A golf tournament May 28.

Half of the Falcon girls varsity team competed in the tri-district meet. Tara Moore, a sophomore, narrowly missed the cut of 97 strokes with 99, and junior Meaghan De Wolf shot a 107.

Portillo finished the tri-district golf tournament at Bremerton’s Gold Mountain Golf Course with 88 strokes. Her score put her in seventh place out of 36 girls in the tournament, with the top-half of the field advancing to the state meet in Spanaway.

“Rosie’s scores were about the same as before, last year,” said Falcon head coach Tom Sage. “What’s going to help her this year is her experience. She knows it, but short game and a couple of miscues here and there, and she’d be three or four strokes lower.”

This is Portillo’s second consecutive year competing at the state tournament. Last season, she missed the second-day mark by two strokes and shot a 95 on the first round. Her scores have hovered in the mid-80s, which could put her in the top half of the field at the state tournament next week based on previous top-10 scores.

Unlike last year when the entire varsity team qualified for the state tournament, Portillo will be the only Falcon on the Lake Spanaway Golf Course. She was unsure how she would react to being the sole point of attention for her coaches and family.

“I think it’s going to be a little bit quieter,” Portillo said. “But then I’ll have my family and a lot of support. There’s more focus on just me. I don’t know if I like that or I don’t like that, I’ll have to find out.”

Goldendale’s Bree Wandersheild, a senior, won the 1A individual title the past two seasons.

 

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