Mount Si narrowly misses state title

The Mount Si boys' golf team came within one stroke of winning the 3A state title at the state tournament held last Monday and Tuesday in Yakima.

Mount Si had three golfers compete both days, and their scores were excellent.

Sean Armstrong had a two-day total of 149, which left him five over par. His 72 on the first day was one of only nine scores at even or under par on the par-72 Apple Tree Golf Course. He finished the tournament in ninth place.

Brandon Proudfoot carded a two-day total of 153, as did his teammate, Derrek Lee.

Lakeside School of Seattle was the only team that placed better than Mount Si at the tournament, finishing with a team score of 77.5 to the Wildcats' 79.5.

Armstrong had mixed feelings about his rounds of golf in Yakima.

"Well, [the] first day I played OK. I had a bad front nine and I came back strong. Then the second day I didn't play as good," he said.

His teammates shared similar feelings.

"The first day I did pretty good, but the second day the wind was blowing and it was a little bit harder and [I] didn't shoot quite as good," Proudfoot said.

Lee was more critical of his play, saying, "I didn't play very well. It was fun but it could've been better."

Seniors Lee and Proudfoot both have playing at the collegiate level in mind. Proudfoot will attend Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, where he plans to play golf.

Lee plans to stay home and try out for the University of Washington men's golf team, which had a Valley native play for the team recently: Derek Berg, a Cedarcrest High School graduate.

Armstrong, though, has bigger goals. He wants to "play for money" on the PGA tour, adding that his favorite golfer is Sergio Garcia.

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