Bearcats Finish Fifth, T-Birds Seventh at Cowlitz Invite


Competing with some of Southwest Washington’s top golf teams, the W.F. West and Tumwater girls golf teams finished fifth and seventh, respectively, at the Cowlitz Invitational Wednesday. 

The Bearcats, who finished third among 2A squads and fifth overall behind 3A Mountainview, 4A Union, 2A Woodland, and 2A Hockinson, had two of the best golfers at the Invite. 

Natalie Eklund finished sixth overall among the 35 golfers with a score of 96. Teammate Kendall Rasmussen finished ninth overall, shooting a 105. Rounding out the Bearcats’ scorers were Macee Shannon (121 for 26th) and Grace Oien (113 for 16th). 

The Thunderbirds, who finished last as a team, were led by Chloe Staudt and Sammie Jasper, who both shot a 114 for 18th overall. Mily Johnston was just one stroke behind with a 115. Josie Monti shot a 126 to round out the Tumwater golfers. 

The top scorer of the day was Union’s Jade Gruher, who shot a 69, six strokes better than second place Mountainview’s Annika Yeh, and 19 strokes better than third-place finisher Grace Phillips from Hockinson. 

Mountainview won the Invitational, scoring a 413 as a team. W.F. West scored a 435 and Tumwater a 469.