10 Kamiak golfers go to state

By Sara Bruestle | May 23, 2012
Photo by: Sara Bruestle Kamiak High School golfers Juliana Jorgenson, Mady Kornegay, Grace Choi and Katherine Choi qualified for state this year. All six girls on the team, plus four golfers from the boys' team are competing in this week's tournaments. Not pictured: Katie Ewing and Hannah Lee.

Kamiak High School golfers are 10 strong for this week’s state tournaments.

Six golfers from the girls’ team and four from the boys’ team are competing May 21-23 in separate 4A divisional tournaments in the Spokane area. Two of them are brother and sister.

With all six qualifying for state, the girls’ team set a new record this year. In 2007, five girls qualified. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams won the state championship that year.

“This is new for us,” girls’ coach Bud Davis said. “The girls did a really great job. I’m excited for them.”

For the boys at districts, sophomore Brian Moon placed third with a score of 147, sophomore Joe Fryer tied for fourth with a 149, junior Chris Hatch tied for sixth with a 150, and sophomore Matt Kornegay placed seventh with a 151.

“I’m very happy with four guys – that’s a solid bunch,” boys’ coach Jeff Tobin said. “The competition was very intense, so to get four out of our six guys in that Top 13 – that’s a big accomplishment.”

All of the girls scored under or at 211 to place at districts. Senior Grace Choi placed second, junior Juliana Jorgenson placed fourth, senior Mady Kornegay placed sixth, freshman Katherine Choi placed ninth, freshman Hannah Lee placed 11th and senior Katie Ewing placed 14th overall.

“Everyone was really proud of me. It was really cool,” said Grace, who goes to state for the third time this year. “I lost by a stroke, so I was mad, but it was still cool.”

Mady Kornegay said she was surprised she got ninth, because she’d never placed before.

“I’ve really stepped up my game this year,” Mady said. “I just focused more and put effort into it.

“I really want to beat my brother (Matt Kornegay). That’s still my goal.”

The girls are also WESCO South champions and beat all North and South teams to become this year’s NWIAA champions. In the last eight years, this is the third time girls have been district champions.

The boys have won the district championship three out of the last four years, and have been the league champion nine out of the last 10 times. The team was fifth in state last year.

“I felt like I could have played a lot better, but it was a good learning experience, and I hope I can carry that to state,” Matt Kornegay said.

Joe Fryer, who also went to state last year, said their team wants to win the tournament for their coach.

“As a team we want to win, and, individually, I want to be able to play my best, and if that’s good enough to win, then I’ll do that, too,” he said.

The boys’ team is young this year – with three sophomores and a junior – but Tobin is confident they’ll do well at state.

“The guys are very competitive and passionate about golf,” he said. “They would probably rather play golf than anything else. They would eat, sleep and spend all of their time here (at the golf club), if they could.”

With two freshmen, the girls team is young, too, Davis said, but they all are talented and have a great work ethic.

The coaches said their teams have an advantage over other schools because they practice on the course at Harbour Pointe Golf Club, which supports the Kamiak teams.

They said the golf course is challenging, which teaches their players how to manage their game, so that they’re not intimidated when they come across another difficult course.

“The Harbour Pointe golf course is a difficult course to play, so our players have to learn how to play golf on a difficult course,” Tobin said. “It helps them as they get more and more competition.”

The boys are competing at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane. The girls are at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Liberty Lake.

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