Somers takes second at state

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Local golf enthusiasts first met freshman Mount Si golfer Katie Somers in the March pages of the Valley Record. What they didn't know was that Somers would make an instant impact on the state high-school golf scene. Last Wednesday and Thursday, she did just that.

Somers shot rounds of 77 and 76 at the two-day state 3A girls golf tournament at Hangman Valley Golf Course outside of Spokane. Her total of 153 on the par 71 course was enough for a second-place showing, two strokes behind the first place finisher, Issaquah freshman golfer Brittany Tallman.

"I was really proud of her," said longtime Wildcat girls golf coach Mike Johnston.

The finish Thursday proved to be quite dramatic, according to Johnston. On the 18th hole, trailing by one stroke at the time, Somers hit a shot with a 9-iron from 120 yards out, which ricocheted off the flagstick. In fact, according to Katie Somers, the ball actually went in the hole, but came out and landed away from the pin. Had the shot gone in, according to the coach, Somers would have taken the lead in the competition. As it turned out, though, Tallman held off the charge of not only Somers, but also two Bellingham golfers and one from Yelm who all finished three shots back of Tallman, despite her carding an 80 in round two.

Somers' dad was amazed with the tournament. "It was quite an experience for her, and me as well," said Russ Somers.

Katie Somers is anxios to return next year. "Yes. Very much," she said. Several other Kingco girl golfers finished in the top 10-plus ties. No Mount Si golfers competed in this years boys 3A competition, which was also held in Spokane.

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