Redmond boys golf notches 3A state team crown

Connor Golembeski, Sean Kato and Michael Cummings shot Redmond to the top of the team table at the 3A state boys golf tournament on Wednesday at Columbia Point in Richland.

The Mustangs finished first with 80.50 points and Capital took second with 61.00 during the two-day event.

Golembeski finished tied for third with 68-74-142, Kato tied for eighth with 71-75-146 and Cummings tied for 29th with 74-81-155.

“The wind was a factor, and we were able to keep it together,” said coach Steve Wiebe of Wednesday’s round. “You have to get through any type of situation, that’s for sure.”

According to Wiebe, highlights for Golembeski were five birdies on Tuesday and chipping in on a par five for an eagle on Wednesday; Kato finished strong on Wednesday with a birdie, par and a birdie on the last three holes; and Cummings played steady, solid golf.

Wiebe said the boys were happy to notch what he believes is Redmond’s first state boys golf title.

”Well, it was a tremendous accomplishment and honor to win the state championship. So proud of the way we played this year and it’s awesome that this team of 2016-2017 will go down in the history books,” Kato wrote in a text to the Reporter. “We couldn’t have done it without the new coaches, Steve Wiebe and Spencer Burnstead, who took over this year and did a fantastic job. Coming home to Redmond and all of the attention and the recognition was super cool to come back to.”

Golembeski said winning state was the “cherry on top” of a stellar season, during which Redmond won the 3A SeaKing District and 3A KingCo regular-season titles and took second in the 3A KingCo medalist tournament in the fall. The Mustangs were 7-0 in the regular season.

He said it was tough to experience a swing in the weather from 98 degrees the first day and then a drop to 75 degrees the second day at state, but the Mustangs forged through it all.

“You just stay in the moment,” he said of the second and deciding day. “You grind for the pars and get the team win.”

It was a fun golf season with his teammates and the two new coaches, and he won’t soon forget what the guys accomplished on the course.

“It’s sinking in more and more as the congratulations come in,” he said. “To be a part of it is really cool.”

Cummings added in a text to the Reporter: “State was a great experience, and bringing home the trophy made it even better. I enjoyed playing in the high school tournaments because you know you’re not just playing for yourself like most golf tournaments. You’ve got teammates and a school to represent.”

On the girls’ 3A side, Redmond freshman Adithi Anand finished second with 69-78-147 on Wednesday at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick.

The Mustangs took third in the team standings.

Also for Redmond, Lauren Settle tied for 25th with 93-88-181 and Rachel Jonson took 27th with 87-96-183.

In 1A boys action, Bear Creek’s John Hayes took fifth with 72-73-145 at Sun Willows in Pasco. Bear Creek finished fifth in the team standings.

Other locals shining at state were Overlake’s Rohit Sirosh (16th with 78-79-157), Bear Creek’s Oliver Nordberg (tied for 21st with 82-81-163) and Overlake’s Trent Gardner (tied for 34th with 84-89-173).