Earlier this week the Wallace boys golf team and individual Kayla Bayer qualified for next week’s state tournament at Circling Raven Golf Course at the Coeur d’Alene Casino.
The boys finished 15 strokes behind district champs St. Maries, but still had a solid showing that got them into contention for a state title.
Hunter Gust paced the Miners with a third place finish individually, shooting a 88 to lead his team, meanwhile Bayer shot a 107 that was good enough for fourth and a trip to state as an individual.
Coach Marcia Howard and her team are looking forward to competing at the state level, and especially in place so near home.
“Everyone is excited about qualifying as a team to state,” Howard said. “Getting to play on a golf course like Circling Raven is such a great thrill.”
Howard has been diligently working with her team to prepare them for whatever the course and mother nature give them.
“We live in North Idaho so we are accustomed to dealing with the variety of weather experiences,” Howard said. “The players continue to work on their game, especially the short game and adjusting to the challenges of The Raven.”
The Miners used a tough regular season schedule to prepare for state competition, including Bayer who is excited to be representing her community.
“Our young people are accustomed to good competition because of the matches we play during the season,” Howard said. “Kayla is so proud to be at state, a goal she has been working on for four years. She will play it one shot at a time.”
Much like Kellogg, the Wallace program sent their best wishes to their neighbors as they head into competition as well.
“The Wallace golf team is very happy for the Kellogg teams and know that they will be top contenders in both the boys and girls divisions,” Howard said. “Good luck Wildcats!”
The Miners will begin their quest toward state glory on Monday at 9 a.m. at Circling Raven Golf Course.
2A District match results are as follows.
TEAM SCORES (top 2 to state) — 1, St. Maries 383. 2, Wallace 398. 3, Orofino 414. 4, Lakeside 419.
INDIVIDUALS (top 4 to state) — 1, Kadin Olson, St. Maries, 79. 2, Wade Stevens, Clark Fork, 85. 3, Hunter Gust, Wallace, 88. 4, Josh Allen, Wallace, 89.
ST. MARIES (383) — Kadin Olson 79, Parker Telford 101, Grant Peet 100, Eric Porter 103, Noah Kolar 119.
WALLACE (398) — Hunter Gust 88, Josh Allen 89, Logan Hull 107, Thomas Southard 115, Hayden Hogamier 114.
OROFINO (414) — Dawson Harris 98, Austin Kelso 106, Ij Ilagan 102, Hayden Zywina 108, Dre Wynn 110.
LAKESIDE (419) — Talon Twoteeth 98, Emmitt White 103, Kenyon Spotted Horse 109, Sergio Abuan 138, Jasper Abuan 109.
CLARK FORK — Wade Stevens 85, Jordy Dick 124.
MULLAN — Sam Hess 126.
GENESIS PREP — Jacob Schultz 90, Jacob Schroeder 106, Sean Murrin 135.
TEAM SCORES (top 2 to state) — 1, Lakeside 418. 2, St. Maries 505. 3, Wallace 513. 4, Genesis Prep 589.
INDIVIDUALS (top 4 and ties to state) — 1, Brooke Stevens, Clark Fork, 93. 2, Alyssa SiJohn, Lakeside, 97. 3, Mia Pakootas, Lakeside, 100. 4 (tie), Suzi Pakootas, Lakeside; Kayla Bayer, Wallace, 107.
LAKESIDE (418) — Alyssa SiJohn 97, Mia Pakootas 100, Brooklyn Marchand 114, Suzi Pakootas 107.
ST. MARIES (505) — Tabitha Boller 121, Gabrial Harold 136, Macie Rimel 123, Jayden Martin 133, Trista Janssen 128.
WALLACE (513) — Kayla Bayer 107, Jen Hayman 110, Skylar Hill 150, Makenna Merrick 146.
GENESIS PREP (589) — Josie Scribner 122, Yunji Kim 147, Morgan Bae 133, Jacey Williams 187, Liberty Reidt 209.
CLARK FORK — Brooke Stevens 93, Tessa Sutton 127, Aliahya Valliere 153.