Marysville-Pilchuck girls golf suffers first loss

EVERETT — It took seven matches, but a Wesco North team finally got the better of the Tommies.

Marysville-Pilchuck wasn't able to hold onto its spotless record in conference play April 28 at Legion Memorial Golf Course, losing to Everett.

"We played okay," said coach Jaci LeGore Hodgins. "For us to be narrowing the margins is what's really exciting."

Hodgins was referring to the matchup in group No. 1 that pitted M-P's top two players, Stasia Ashley and Abby Beauchamp against Everett's Stefani Soelling and Jody Barhanovich.

The two Tommies combined for 83 Stableford points while Everett's tandem scored 101.

"They can play with those girls, it's just a matter of cleaning up our chipping and our putting," Hodgins said.

The team scores of the three-team meet were Everett 200, Marysville-Pilchuck 193 and Arlington 93 through 14 holes, which was the scheduled length of the meet. Other scores included Courtney Burdett's 33, Kelsey Colmore's 40 and Ashley Tande's 37.

The Tomahawks are off to a torrid start this spring. With just a pair of matches before divisionals May 9, Hodgins' girls stand atop the Wesco North standings with a 5-1 record.

"We're blessed to be deep," she said. "We're deeper than every team we've faced, except Bainbridge."

M-P faced Bainbridge Island at the Suncadia Invitational April 26 where the Lady Tomahawks finished runner-up, which was the best result in school history.

At a team stroke-play score of 367, the Tommies finished just behind Bainbridge's 355.

While Bauchamp and Ashley both shot a 90 to lead the team, the Tomahawks also got help from Colmore (95 strokes) and Burdett (92).

"I'd the most consistent player this year would have to be Kelsey," said Hodgins. "She broke 100 for the first time, which is a huge accomplishment, especially in such a difficult course with top competition. And Courtney has just been really working on her golf and now she's thriving."

With as much promise the Tommies have already shown, Hodgins said there is one thing that each of her players can work on down the home stretch.

"We're just starting to figure out that competitive edge in golf, which is a whole different animal. Stasia and Abby are starting to figure it out and Courtney and Kelsey are starting to understand. If they can figure that out, watch out," she said.

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