3A GOLF: Jonson misses out on 3A state title by one stroke

Carl Jonson said it was a couple mistakes made on the first day of the 3A boys golf state tournament that ultimately led to him missing out on the individual state title by one stroke.

The senior shot a two-under 70 for the first day of the tournament at MeadowWood Golf Course in Spokane Tuesday, then shot a four-under 68 to finish with a two-day score of 138.

But Eric Gravbot of West Valley (Yakima) shot a two-day total of 137 to finish as a state champion. Jonson had bogeyed the 16th hole but came back strong on the last two holes with a birdie on each.

"I felt like I was going to win it," he said. "But Eric shot really well on the back nine and that's the tougher of the 18.

"I left a couple of shots flat and didn't capitalize on my opportunities," Jonson continued. "I think I could have played better but I put all my effort into all my rounds."

Will Whealdon was the next highest finisher with a 77 on the first day and a 75 on the second day for a total of 152 to finish in a four-way tie for 27th. Josh Barlet shot a 78 on the first day and 79 on the second day for a two-day total of 157 to finish in a three-way tie for 37th.

Bobby Griffin and Davis Harrison shot an 80 on the first day, but they missed the cut by two strokes.

The Spartans took fifth with a score of 60. Seattle Prep won the team title with a score of 87.

"They came out and were out for (first)," head coach Tom Zuzelski said of the Panthers. "Their younger kids came through in a pinch."

Zuzelski said he felt the team did well against a tough field.

"If you ask any one of them they felt they could have played better, but they came here to win," he said. "But sometimes things don't go your way. But Josh had a great weekend, Carl played great... they played their hearts out and that's all that matters. I can't be unhappy about that."

Jonson, who said he has a full schedule of tournaments lined up over the summer before he heads to UNLV, said despite coming up short with a team trophy, the team and coaches had a "ton of fun" and thinks they can make it back to state as a team next year.

"It's been a good ride and we have a lot of good memories," he said. "Will and Josh and all of the guys have talent. They do need a fourth and fifth golfer in the lineup, but it's not out of the question they can contend."

For the girls, both Jasmine Shattuck and Julia Gross made a good showing in the 3A state girls' golf tournament at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane.

Gross finished 13th with a two-day total of 167 while Shattuck finished in a tie for 40th with Renae Visser of Sunnyside as both shot a two day total of 194. Gross birdied the last four holes on her last round.

Head coach Ian Havill said he was happy that both were able to make the cut. Shattuck missed out on state last year while Gross qualified but did not make the cut.

"They played pretty solid on the front eight," he said. "When I think about it, making the cut is pretty cool and placing in the top 40 is pretty neat."

Gross and Shattuck, both juniors, will return to form a strong team that Havill feels can be a contender next year.


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