Crosspoint's boys golf team won its first 1B/2B state team championship

LACEY — For the first time in a long while, the nerves hit Brittany Kwon. 

Central Kitsap’s senior golfing star soon settled into her game and played like the champion she is to won her fourth straight 3A state golf title Wednesday with a two-day score of 139 at The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie (The Woodlands).

Central Kitsap's Brittany Kwon hits her tee shot on the 18th hole at The Woodlands GC in Lacey during the 3A state girls golf championships Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Kwon won her fourth title with a two-day score of 139. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
Central Kitsap’s Brittany Kwon hits her tee shot on the 18th hole at The Woodlands GC in Lacey during the 3A state girls golf championships Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Kwon won her fourth title with a two-day score of 139. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Kwon, who shot a 67 on Tuesday and followed that with a 72 on Wednesday, said the nerves were a reflection of the expectations she had on winning another championship.

“I just felt like I needed to live up to my expectation,” she said. 

Kwon didn’t start thinking about winning four high school titles until after her sophomore season and last year’s win stands out the most.

“That was when I shot my lowest score the second day,” she said of her nine-under effort. “And then this year since it’s my last year. I just wanted to play my best, really.”

Central Kitsap's Brittany Kwon walks along the 16th fairway with coach Daniel Sullivan at The Woodlands GC in Lacey during the 3A state girls golf championships Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Kwon won her fourth title with a two-day score of 139. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
Central Kitsap’s Brittany Kwon walks along the 16th fairway with coach Daniel Sullivan at The Woodlands GC in Lacey during the 3A state girls golf championships Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Kwon won her fourth title with a two-day score of 139.
(Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

She did that and more by shooting a one-under par 35 on her first nine holes during Tuesday’s opening round and finishing with a 36 for a five-under for the day. The 67 gave Kwon a four-stroke lead over her nearest competitor, Lauryn Nguyen of West Seattle. Wednesday’s even-par 72 concluded with a birdie putt on 18 that garnered cheers from the gallery, including her Central Kitsap teammates. Nguyen placed second with a 142 (71-71).

“(Tuesday) I felt like I was hitting my second shots closer than today,” she said. “Even though I missed putts (Tuesday) I made more on the back but today I felt like I couldn’t really make any four-footers, either par or birdie.”

But what about that last birdie on a par 5?

“I knew I made it for birdie and started walking up to it,” Kwon said with a smile. 

Kwon’s performance gave her a two-stroke win and helped the Cougars finish in fifth place. Bellevue repeated as team champions. 

Central Kitsap coach Daniel Sullivan said Kwon is just an awesome kid who is super talented and also has a great character. 

“I’m so proud of her. She’s so amazing,” he said. “She’s a great leader, she’s a great teammate, she’s a great person. That’s really cool. That’s who you really want to see good things happen for. She’s in her element here, for sure.”

Kwon, who travels throughout the year to high-level tournaments and is the reigning Pacific Northwest Golf Association Junior Player of the Year, said she chose to continue playing high school golf because she didn’t want to miss out on the high school experience. 

“Everything, from going to games I just wanted to live it up,” she said. “I knew it wouldn’t be like that going to college next year.”

Kwon will be playing for the University of Washington next season and will participate in the Huskies summer program for incoming freshman golfers. She won’t have much time off as Kwon will play in the North Pacific Junior Ladies Team team match this weekend in Richmond, B.C., Canada.

Central Kitsap's Brittany Kwon hits her tee shot off the 18th hole at The Woodlands GC in Lacey during the 3A state girls golf championships Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Kwon won her fourth title with a two-day score of 139. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)
Central Kitsap’s Brittany Kwon hits her tee shot off the 18th hole at The Woodlands GC in Lacey during the 3A state girls golf championships Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Kwon won her fourth title with a two-day score of 139. (Annette Griffus/West Sound SportsPlus)

Kwon wasn’t the only Kitsap golfer who fared very well at the state meet. 

Crosspoint’s Ethan Heydel finished second and Alex Weirth placed fifth to lead the Warriors to the team title with a score of 41 points at Tumwater Valley Golf Course. 

Heydel had matching scores of 75 during the two-day tournament for a 150 total, putting him six strokes behind winner Blake Kukula of Ilwaco. Weirth finished with scores of 75 and 81 for a 156 total.

Emi Brown of Klahowya placed second in the 1B/2B/1A girls tournament at Tumwater Valley with a 147 score (76-71). It’s the best finish for an individual golfer from Klahowya. Teammate Kate Streck, a four-time qualifier, finished 25th. The Eagles finished tied for fourth overall with Montasano with 58.50 points. 

At the 2A girls at Meadowwood Golf Course in Spokane, the Olympic Trojans finished sixth overall with 46 points while Kingston’s Delaney Olson was the highest individual finisher as she tied for 13th with a total score of 168. Olympic’s Brilee Triggs placed 15th (169), Zoie Matheny was 20th (178). Greta Jagodzinske of North Kitsap was 41st (199). 

In the 4A boys, South Kitsap’s Drew Halili finished tied for 17th with a final score of 152, teammates Noah Gould tied for 43rd (162) and Sam Canton 69th (175). In the 3A boys, Gar Coombe of Central Kitsap finished 67th (180) while Landon Betzing of Klahowya finished 38th at the 1A boys at the Olympia Country and Golf Club. 

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