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Bellevue girls claim KingCo title, bust Mercer Island streak on golf course | Prep sports news
Bellevue is home to the champions of 2A/3A KingCo girls golf, after Lauren Patrick fired a career best 39 at Overlake Golf Course to earn medalist honors in the final match of the season and lead her team to a 226-237 win over Mercer Island.
Head coach Tori Marcum said her team was well aware of the chance to capture a regular season crown and break the Islanders' streak before the match began.
"The really big focus of the day was, one shot at a time," she said. "Going into the day, we just wanted to have fun."
Few outcomes could have been more fun for Bellevue and its four seniors than handing rival Mercer Island its first KingCo loss since 2007, and Marcum said the final moments were tense as scores rolled in.
"It was really down to the last girl coming in to decide who was going to win," she said, adding the scores were tallied three times by both coaches. "It was a celebration all around."
Bellevue carded three of the four lowest scores on the day at its home course, as Tiffany Huang and Alexis Choi each shot 43 to back the effort of Patrick.
The match also gave four Wolverines a marquee win in their final match, as seniors Rachel Harmeyer, Delaney Harris, Kendyl Dowen, and Patrick finished their KingCo careers.
"As scores started to come in, you could see it on the girls' faces how excited they were," Marcum said. "We have a really deep team this year."
Rachel Fuji finished the day with a 39 to match the low score of the day, but no other Mercer Island player shot better than 47.
The team score of 226 was the second best for Bellevue on the year, and sends them to the KingCo Medalist Tournament riding a wave of momentum.
The top six players from each squad will be at Snohomish Golf Course Monday, May 12, with the top 18 claiming a spot in the district tournament the following week.