5-26-10 Golf State
Kelli Bowers won her fourth state golfing championship on Wednesday, May 26, in Pasco. She is seen her putting for a birdie on the 18th hole. She won the State Championship by only one stroke after falling four strokes behind on day one. (submitted Photo)
Bowers wins fourth state golf title
By Richard Uhlhorn (As reported by Coach Kirk Esphnar)
Coming into the final day four strokes behind the leader and tied for third place in the WIAA 1A State Golf Championships in Pasco has to put a lot of pressure on a golfer, no matter how good you are. After finishing her first day of golf on Tuesday, May 25, and ending up four strokes behind the leader, Kelli Bowers came back and shot a 2-under par 70 (154 two day total) on Wednesday to win her fourth state golf championship by one stroke over Alyssa Maine of Freeman High School.
“Kelli returned to her championship playing form today after her very shaky start yesterday and set herself up for the possible win,” said Coach Kirk Esphnar. “She was in the second to last group of girls to tee off, so the championship literally came down to the 18th hole.” The final group of girls consisted of the lowest scoring girls from the previous day.
Kelli Bowers poses with her parents, Carol and Larry,
after winning her fourth state golf championship.
Bowers birdied two of the last three holes, including #18, but Maine bogeyed # 18 to giver her a 75 for the day and a combined score of 155 for the two days. This gave Bowers the championship by one stroke.
The battle between Bowers and Maine went on the entire day. They played in separate groups. “I was very proud of the way Kelli came back today after yesterday’s showing, and even if she hadn’t won today, she showed the kind of mental toughness she has, and the quality person that she is… the same things I’ve seen in her for the past four years.”
Bowers teed off in pouring rain on the final day and drove both of the first two greens (par 4’s) and ended up putting for an eagle on both holes. She ended up with a birdie and par on those two holes respectively.
A big congratulations to Kelli for her accomplishment. She has been a standout Chelan athlete for the past four years and will continue her golf at the University of Washington next year.
“I’m very proud of the rest of our golfers too, even though they didn’t qualify for the second round… they showed some real class in the way they hung in after some not-so-great first nine holes, and I was especially proud of Lexi shooting her season and personal best of 103 at the state competition,” said Ensphar.
None of the boys who qualified to compete at the State Tournament was able to make it past Tuesday’s play. The “Cut Line” was 80 strokes.
Congratulations to the entire Chelan High School Golf Team for an outstanding year including a great State showing. (Submitted Photo)
Jonathan Peck shot an 86 with Tim Stockdale following him with an 88. Christian Krumbah shot a 92 and Zach Burchett a 94. “To give you an idea of the level of compettion in the boys division, last year’s state champion came in with a 65 on Tuesday,” reported Coach Ensphar.