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By Jaryd Cline
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Gerchak lone Goldendale golfer to advance to district match

 

Jaryd Cline

Junior Luke Gerchak is shown during Goldendale's first home match on April 10 at the Goldendale Golf Club. He advanced to Thursday's district tournament after shooting an 85 over 18 holes at the Desert Aire Golf Course in Mattawa last week. He will be competing for his third straight trip to the state tournament.

Junior Luke Gerchak was the lone Goldendale golfer to advance to the South Central Athletic Conference District Meet, shooting well enough, but a little higher than he's used to, at the league's sub district meet last Thursday at the Desert Aire Golf Course in Mattawa.

Gerchak, along with Jasper Randall, Andrew Ihrig, Riley Seaver, and Dane O'Leary, all were in Mattawa for the boys tournament Thursday. The girls, freshmen Josie Quantrell and Shelby Gilman, competed two days earlier at the Sage Hills Golf Course in Warden but didn't make the cut for districts.

Gerchak, whose round of 85 on the par-72 course in Mattawa came in just a few strokes over his league-meet average, will advance to districts for the third straight season. Cle Elum's Chase Marquette led all golfers with a 73 at sub districts.

Gerchak will meet up with the other top golfers from the SCAC on Thursday at the Prospector Golf Course at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum.

Goldendale's top golfer and three-time state competitor saw his 18-hole total rise a few strokes from his league average at sub districts, while three Timberwolves shot better than their season averages at subs. Gerchak's 85 last Thursday was a few strokes higher than his season average of 83.5.

Randall followed Gerchak as the second highest-shooting Timberwolf, finishing at 117 while shooting better than his regular-season average of 119.5 strokes over 18 holes. Ihrig was third among Wolves at 127, also cutting down on his seasonal average which was 129.5 strokes.

O'Leary finished fourth on the team and shot better than his 132 regular season average, finishing Thursday at 126 strokes. Seaver rounded out the Wolves at subs with a 132.

The district meet starts at 8:30 a.m.

 

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