State golf roundup: King's Roh wins 1A title, Knights bring home boys, girls team titles

Everett Herald Article

LIBERTY LAKE — After placing in the top four in each of her first three appearances at the 1A state golf tournament, Hannah Roh of King's ended her prep career on top.

Roh, the clubhouse leader with a round of 80 after day 1 on Tuesday, fired a 69 on Wednesday to top South Whidbey's Kolby Heggenes by five strokes, finishing the tournament with a 149.

Roh's efforts, combined with sophomore Emily Burdett's 12th-place finish, gave the Knights their second consecutive team title, edging conference foe South Whidbey by a single point.

The King's boys, playing the same par-66 course at Liberty Lake, had four golfers make the cut and rode JackRyan O'Neil's eighth-place finish to a team title of their own, topping Seattle Academy.

Roh said that in each of her first three state appearances, she felt that she hadn't put two rounds together that met her standards. That continued in her senior year, but her final round made up for it.

“I haven't played well in one round each year,” she said. “This year I didn't play well in the first round, but I was pretty happy with today. It was the best score I've hit in a tournament, so I was pretty happy about that. My whole team won state by one point, so I was pretty happy about that also.”

Roh said she wasn't hitting well on the practice range before Wednesday's final round, but a quick word from King's coach Simonette Sancho centered her.

“She told me to focus on having fun, and I think that led me to playing well,” said Roh, who will play collegiately at Whitman next year.

Heggenes finished second on the girls' side despite bettering her first round performance by nine strokes. Tarra Moore placed eighth for the Falcons.

On the boys' side, O'Neil, Grayson Giboney (14th), Karson Dreher (18th) and Oscar Chen (32nd) combined to help the Knights eke out a team title. Giboney, Dreher and Chen all improved on their opening-round totals to propel King's to the championship.