Montesano’s Blancas, Elma’s Moore atop leaderboard after one day at state championship golf meet

Blancas shoots an 82 to lead Moore by two strokes heading into final round

After one day at the 1A State Girls Golf Championships at the Riverside Golf Club in Chehalis, two local golfers are atop the leaderboard and primed for a state title.

Montesano’s Hailey Blancas and Elma’s Olivia Moore are in the lead separated by just two strokes heading into Wednesday’s final round.

Blancas – who roared back on the second day of last season’s state tournament to place second – shot an 82 over 18 holes to hold a two-stroke lead over Moore – the current District 4 champion – who shot an 84.

The two East County golfers are clear of the rest of the field by five strokes as Forest Ridge’s Lulu Gaul Vargas sits in third with a first-round score of 89.

Elma’s Sophia Hamilton sits in 15th with a score of 102 with Hoquiam’s Eva Jump sitting tied for 30th with a 113.

In the 1A State Boys Golf Championship, Elma’s Grant Vessey is top among local golfers with a 93 to sit in a tie for 40th place.

Hoquiam’s Mick Bozich (95, 44th-tie), Elma’s Traden Carter (99, 51-t) and Montesano’s Josh Wills – who will be competing for the Bulldogs baseball team in the state semifinals on Friday – sits in 57th place with a round of 108.

In the 2A State Girls Golf Championship, Aberdeen’s Britt Rajcich shot an 86 to sit in a three-way tie for 15th after one round at the MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake.

Bobcats Saylor Heikkila (92, 26th-t) and Kaitlyn McCracken (111, 70th) also competed for Aberdeen on Tuesday.

In the 2A State Boys Golf Championship, Aberdeen’s Charlie Ancich sits in a tie for 58th with a round of 88.

The 1A/2A State Golf Championships meets conclude on Wednesday.

State tournament information can be found at