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By Andrew Christiansen
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Wanderscheid sets out to defend State 1A girls’ golfing title

Goldendale boys and girls defend team, District titles

 

Andrew Christiansen

DEFENDING CHAMP: Bree Wanderscheid works on chip shots during the opening week of golf practice at Goldendale Golf Club. Wanderscheid is the defending 1A girls’ State Champion.

Defending State Champion golfer, Bree Wanderscheid takes the first step toward defending her title when Goldendale girls travel to The Dalles for a girls only event, next Tuesday morning. Wanderscheid is the headliner for a talented group of Timberwolf golfers, five of whom competed in last year’s State tournament.

Wanderscheid, a junior, defeated Alexis Keating, of Elma for the title last spring at Dupont. Keating and Wanderscheid tied for second in 2011. Her brother, Zack was a two-time State Champion. Bree has the chance to eclipse that mark, and although she admits that would be pretty cool, she says “I don’t want to get ahead of myself.” She says she is only focused on one meet at a time.

Wanderscheid says she golfed quite a bit this winter in the Yakima Valley. She is coached locally by Ted Wilkins, but also works with Jeff Bender, the club pro at Black Rock Creek Golf Course, near Sunnyside. If Wanderscheid was tough to beat last year, it isn’t going to be easy this year, either. She says she has added length to her drive and has learned more shots, especially around the green, working on high percentage shots.

Last year was a banner year for Timberwolf golf as the girls and boys won district team titles. Sawyer Ross and Tessa Enwards accompanied Wanderscheid to State last year. Ross is back this year while Enwards switched to track and field.

Four boys went to State and two, Mitch Anderson and Joel Gerchak return for another shot. The boys will see their first action of the year on March 15 in a boys only event at The Dalles, also starting at 10 a.m.

 

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