Friday Harbor High School golfer Kendra Meeker finished eighth in the Class 1A State Golf Championship at Lake Stanaway Golf Course in Tacoma today, May 22.
The Friday Harbor junior shot 87 each day of the rain-soaked two-day tourney on the par 74 course.
"I wish I would have done better but I finished out OK," she said with a smile as she rode home on the ferry. She was grateful for the golf umbrellas provided by Purple and Gold. "They kept me nice and dry," she said.
Golf Coach Jack Rice said. "Conditions were difficult. It was hard to keep your concentration."
Meeker finished in the top 12 in Class 1A in her three years in high school. In her freshman year she was twelfth, last year as a sophomore she finished sixth and this year finished eighth.
She's pleased that while she placed lower position-wise this year as opposed to 2012, her golf score was better in 2013 than 2012.
FHHS Golf Coach Jack Rice, FHHS Junior Kendra Meeker and Athletic Director Rod Turnbull enjoy the ferry ride home yesterday after Kendra placed 8th in the Class 1A State Championship. Photo by Matt Pranger
Report from Coach Rice
Let me tell you, the rain never let up for one minute for the entire final round of the state tournament. It says a lot about Kendra’s commitment and desire to play the game of golf under any condition. I really thought the golf course was almost unplayable due to the standing water on the greens.
When she teed off on the ninth tee I noticed her hands and fingers were beet red. They were so cold and wet it was a miracle that she could even hang onto the club. I made a quick run to Starbucks and got her the hottest drink available. When I walked up with that hot drink on the 11th tee, I know she was one happy golfer.
Our word for the day was GIR ”greens in regulation”. On about every other tee I would just growl at her, gir. One of the other coaches asked me if I was mad at Kendra, I told him I was just growling are her, The more greens in regulation she could hit, the better her score was going to be. It ended up being an inside joke between Kendra and myself. GIR…I think it really helped to keep the stress and excitement of the event in perspective.
The season is over and its time to reflect on another year. Our team only won one match all season. Except for Kendra and Riley this was a very young team. I look forward to working with these young athletes for the next three years.
At the District Tournament this year, the boy’s team finished in last place with the highest individual scores for any team. I had the results laminated and I plan to post a copy on our team clubhouse wall. In two years, I expect to see a complete turn around. I will be surprised if were not the best team in the league and our players will dominate the top of the leaderboard. With the great crew we have coming up, I expect them to all be champions.
Coach Jack Rice AKA Jackie