by Jack Kintner
Bland, Richardson, Dudley on to state
Blaine golfers John Dudley, Karissa Bland and Katie Richardson are headed to the state 2-AA golf championships next week based on their performances in district tournaments held Monday and Tuesday in Snohomish for the boys and at Mount Vernon’s flat and tight Skagit Golf and Country Club for the girls.
For Dudley it’s the fourth trip in a row to the big time. “He really deserves a lot of credit,” said head coach Steve Barthlow, “for his consistency in making it to the state tournament four years in a row.”
Dudley shot rounds of 80 and 78 for the two-day grind in the hottest weather the team has seen so far this year. Freshman team mate Marcus Yu survived the first day’s cut but narrowly missed on the second, shooting 82 and 93 for a two-day total of 175. “He did very well,” said Barthlow, “for a freshman competing at that level. He’ll be good.”
Bland, peaking at the right time, had finished tied for third place at the 2007 Northwest Conference tournament held last week at Similk Beach Golf Course in Anacortes with a personal best score of 62 points (stableford) and a spot on the all-conference team. “It was especially nice to see Karissa break through the 60 point barrier and finally shoot the score that she is capable of,” said head coach Kelly Brown.
The young Blaine girls team ended up respectably in fourth place. Other scores were Katie Richardson, 44 points, Mackenzie Nix, 40, Ashley Vincent, 38, Hannah Hillard, 35, and Nicole Christiansen, 28.
Bland and Richardson then went on to qualify for the state tournament at the two-day districts held earlier this week. “The scores were pretty high down there,” said Brown, “and we were trying to figure out why. It was kind of warm but actually nice weather to play in.”
Bland ended up seventh with a 93-91-184, and Richardson tied for sixteenth with a 97-102-199.
Both state tournaments will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 22 and 23, the boys at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club and the girls at Semiahmoo. Tee times are yet to be determined but begin at 8 a.m. both days. Spectators are reminded that both courses have a dress code (collared shirts and no jeans) that applies to spectators as well as players, and that they may observe but may not communicate with players on the course. Additionally, no carts are allowed on the course for the two-day tournament.