Five golfers to state

The Islanders sent a record number of five golfers to the 3A state tournament, which started today in Richland, Wash. The team placed second at the district meet two weeks ago, the team’s highest-ever district finish. As a team, Mercer Island tied for second with Eastside Catholic School. Holy Names Academy took home the district title.

Lindsay Chinn, Alana Brooks, Sarah Peterson, Chelsee Saelee and Haley Chinn will represent MIHS at the state tournament. Lindsay Chinn, Mercer Island’s only qualifier last year, placed 15th at districts, tying with teammate Peterson at 89 strokes. The team’s top finishers were Saelee, taking seventh at 78 strokes and tying with Caitlin Rice, from Nathan Hale; Haley Chinn, who came in 11th overall; and Brooks, who finished 20th and qualified as the first alternate for state. Only Jackie Pearson did not qualify for the state trip after placing 23rd.

“Frankly, it was an upset that we got beat,” said coach Don Papasadero of losing to Holy Names. He said he was confident going into the state tournament that the Islanders could finish above Holy Names. He added that traditionally the 3A state tournament is the toughest in high school golf.

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