Conrad Brown’s scorching second round led him to a memorable finish Wednesday at the boys’ Class 2A state golf tournament.
Brown shot a 72 — the lowest round of the tournament — on his way to a runner-up finish. He shot a two-day 149 at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane. The Tigers’ sophomore only trailed a familiar opponent: Lynden’s Jordan Medcalf, who shot a two-day 147 (73, 74).
Brown and Mount Vernon’s Kyle Cooley became the first Skagit County golfers to place second since La Conner’s Brendan McLeod finished second in 2014.
“Conrad had a solid day today with solid ball striking. ... He’s happy with the finish. He made up four shots on the leaders on the front nine,” Burlington-Edison coach Charlie Herzberg said.
Buoyed by Brown, Andrew Henry and Erik Altenhofen, the Tigers finished fourth overall as a team with 62 points.
Henry tied for 29th (82, 85) and Altenhofen finished 35th (85, 88).
Herzberg said their performances were crucial.
“Conrad’s the anchor and had a great state tournament, but there would be no trophy if Andrew and Erik hadn’t played both days and did what they did. They were the difference,” he said.
Brown wasn’t the only Skagit County golfer with a finish in the top 10 in the Class 2A tournament. Sedro-Woolley’s Keenan Hofstad was ninth (77, 80).
Mount Vernon at Class 4A tournament
SPOKANE — A steady hand propelled Mount Vernon’s Kyle Cooley to a second-place finish.
Cooley shot a second-round 73 at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course.
Cooley finished tied for second with Nate Plaster of Gonzaga Prep (69, 75).
Drew Warford of Mount Si was the tournament winner. He shot 71 in both rounds.
Warford and Cooley had battled earlier in the season at the Bill Egbers Memorial Tournament at Skagit Golf & Country Club. Warford won the tournament and Cooley tied for fourth.
Cooley won the Skagit County Championships this season, a tournament also held at Skagit Golf & Country Club.
La Conner at Class 1B/2B/1A Tournament
TUMWATER — La Conner’s Emma Worgum wrapped up a consistent performance at the state meet.
The Braves’ freshman claimed sole possession of 12th place at Tumwater Valley Golf Course by following her first-round 83 with an 86 on Wednesday.
Emersyn Walker of Charles Wright Academy, who shot a tournament-leading 69 in the first round, had little trouble cruising to victory. She shot a second-round 72 and finished six strokes ahead of her closest competitor.