In his third trip to the state 1A golf tournament, South Whidbey High School senior recorded his best finish, placing 26th Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21 and 22, at the Olympia Country and Golf Club.
The Falcons’ two entries into the girls 1B/2B/1A state tournament, sophomore Tori Schuller and senior Alyssa Ludtke, placed 50th and 58th at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course.
Jacobson-Ross shot rounds of 84 and 91 for a two-day total of 175.
He placed 31st last year with a 170 (84, 86) to help the Falcons take ninth as a team. He was a state alternate in 2017 when South Whidbey finished second in the team standings.
Jacobson-Ross was the only Falcon to earn a state berth this spring, thus South Whidbey did not qualify for a team score.
Charles Wright Academy’s Gyan Bains took medalist honors this year with a 150 (72, 78). Seattle Academy won the team title.
Jacobson-Ross was the second highest finisher among North Sound Conference golfers behind King’s Grayson Giboney, who was second to Bains in the individual standings with a 151.
South Whidbey coach Steve Jones said the Olympia course was “deceptively challenging with narrow and undulating fairways and lightning fast greens.”
Jones noted that Jacobson-Ross was “under the weather” the second day, and his score reflected his health.
“He hardly slept at all the night before (and) should be commended for his persistence and never-quit attitude,” Jones said. “He represented South Whidbey very well with his positive attitude, sportsmanship and respect of the game.”
Schuller shot 99 and Ludtke 102 for the Falcons, missing the cut of 96 for the second round.
“They both battled well, but ultimately fell a few shots short,” coach Joe Thompson said.
Ludtke finished 57th at state last spring.
South Whidbey did not qualify for a team score, ending a string of top-five finishes. The Falcons were fourth last year, first in 2017 and second in 2015 and 2016.
Charles Wright Academy, led by medalist Emersyn Walker (141 – 69, 72), won this year’s team title.