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Posted on May 2, 2019

Lady Jacks girls golf team closing regular season on mighty upswing

The Quincy Lady Jacks golf team won its fourth and fifth consecutive league matches before dropping a nonleague contest to Cascade.
The streak of wins left the green-and-gold golfers in a respectable second place, their 5-2 record bested only by the Ephrata Tigers’ undefeated 7-0 mark, and tied with East Valley-Yakima.
Prior to the April 29 matchups at Ellensburg against the hosts, East Valley-Yakima and Kamiak, the outlook seemed rosy for the Lady Jacks, with three golfers already qualified for districts: Stacia Sarty, Mackenzi Kleyn and Marisol Cardenas.
Sarty is the Lady Jacks’ No. 1 golfer, and as of April 28 had yet to lose a CWAC match this year. She has qualified for state twice already in her career.
Sophomore Cardenas had never played golf competitively prior to this season.
The cut for districts was 125, and Cardenas shot a 119 and qualified, Quincy head coach Pat McGuire said.
Results of the Ellensburg matchups weren’t available prior to press time.
McGuire said he thought a split versus the two CWAC teams might be possible, although Quincy’s No. 2 female golfer Mackenzi Kleyn was scheduled to miss the game due to a volleyball tournament.
“If she played, we would have a realistic shot at, at least, a split,” McGuire said.
The goal is to make it to state, but the cutoff score has not been determined yet, he said. Last year, the cutoff score was 117.
McGuire predicted that shooting a 115 at districts ought to get his golfers into state, but “it’s up in the air right now, depending on how everybody does,” he added.
Nevertheless, 2019 has been a good year for the Lady Jacks golf team.
“It’s been a little better than I expected, because I didn’t know we were gonna have some brand new players step in and do well, like Marisol,” he said.
Liberty Lake’s MeadowWood Golf Course will host the state girls golf tournament.

By Sebastian Moraga,