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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Luke Gerchak climbs state leaderboard after strong second day


Ted Wilkins

Junior Luke Gerchak poses for a picture during the WIAA State Golf Championships at Liberty Lake Golf Course.

Goldendale junior Luke Gerchak saved his best round of golf this season for last, shooting a 4-over-par 74 over the final 18 holes at the Liberty Lake Golf Course to finish with a two-day total of 160 at the WIAA State Golf Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday.

Playing in Liberty Lake, about 18 miles east of downtown Spokane, Gerchak's 160 placed him 13th overall out of the field of 80 golfers, the highest finish from a Goldendale golfer at state since Zach Wanderscheid won the title in 2010.

Gerchak started a little slow on Tuesday's opening round with a 16-over-par 86 on the par 70 course in Liberty Lake, but followed it up Wednesday with the best round he's shot all season. After making the cut for the second day by three strokes, he came out hot and crushed the competition over the last 18 holes.

His 74 on Wednesday was the sixth lowest total of all 43 golfers on Wednesday, propelling him toward the top of the standings. Gerchak finished second out of all South Central Athletic Conference golfers in attendance, trailing Cle Elum's Chase Marquette, who finished in a tie for fifth with a 153 over both days.

Gerchak's been to state all three of his high school golf seasons, and has improved each year at state while competing against the best.

As a freshman in 2016, Gerchak shot a 90 on the opening day, missing the cut for day two by two strokes. Last season as a sophomore, he finished in a three-way tie for 26th place after an 80 on day one and an 87 on day two.


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