PTHS golf competes at state

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Port Townsend High School’s golf team made it to the state tourneys, even if the team’s coach found himself being asked to be in two places at once.

Both the boys and girls on the PT golf lineup are coached by Gabriel Tonan, general manager and golf pro of the Port Townsend Golf Club.

However, while Port Townsend High School senior Patrick Morton and freshman Jacob Madison went to the state golf tournament for 1A boys at the Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco May 23-24, PTHS freshman Mackenzie Lake went to the state golf tournament for 1B, 2B and 1A girls at the Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland on those same dates.

“I was not happy,” Tonan said. “Fortunately, I had some parents who are longtime members of the golf club who were able to step up as coaches for the boys, while I went with Mackenzie.”

Morton scored 89, and Madison 93, during their first round of play May 23, disqualifying them from round two May 24 because they did not meet the cut of 85.

Lake scored 98 her first day and 104 her second, for a total of 202, placing her at a statewide rank of 34.

“Overall, it was a good season,” Tonan said. “I had a young team this year. Patrick was my only returning senior, and Brad Gamble missed most of the season, due to a combination of Running Start and regular high school courses, so that left me with a lot of freshmen. But that’s also been a chance to rebuild.”

Tonan freely admits to hiring kids to work at the course so that he can let them play on the course for free, thereby encouraging further practice sessions.

“We’ve got some really talented players,” Tonan said. “Mackenzie did really well on the back nine, especially since she’d never played at that level of competition before. That, and they combined the girls’ categories, which basically took away a state championship. But her and Jacob both, they have really good swings.”

Tonan reckoned that this was his third rebuilding year in 18 years, and he wondered whether next year would see another crop of freshmen join this year’s returning players.

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