Friday Harbor’s Kendra Meeker saved her best for last, claiming third place in the two-day 1A state golf tournament at Lake Spanaway Golf Club in Tacoma.
In her fourth consecutive appearance at the 1A golf championship—the final of her prep career—Meeker knocked five strokes off her opening round of 82 to score a 77 on the second day of the competition.
On Day 2 of the two-day competition, she tallied a par-36 on the front nine to climb back into the hunt for the tournament crown, but fell off the pace on the back nine, struggling on three early holes, and then found her groove and shot par on five of the last six holes.
Meeker, a Friday Harbor High School senior, finished one stroke ahead of regional rival and fourth-place finisher Hanna Roh of Kings High School, and just six strokes off the pace of 2014 Division 1A champion Lauryn Keating.
With the second-day surge, she bested her 2012 sixth-place finish by finishing among the championships top three.
“This experience will pay great dividends as she moves on to her golf career at Bellevue College,” coach Jack Rice said.