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Darin Whiteman competes at state golf


Darin Whiteman Jr. of Lake Roosevelt High School putts at the 2B Boys Golf State Championships at Horn Rapids Golf Course in Richland May 23 in near 100-degree temperatures. -  Shane Moses, Tribal Tribune photo

Raider Darin Whiteman traveled to Richland, Washington, last week to compete in the 1B/2B boys' state tournament.

"Darin battled hard under perhaps the toughest conditions imaginable for a state tournament," his coach, Steve Files, said. At Horn Rapids Golf Course, the competitors faced temperatures in the 90s and winds of 15-20 miles an hour.

"It ended up being a grueling seven-hour endurance test," Files said. "Darin got into trouble on two or three holes with a couple wayward shots, but otherwise played well, even hitting his tee shot on the long par-three sixth hole to four feet and making birdie."

Whiteman finished the course, after sunset due to a 45-minute delay, with a score of 94, seven strokes shy of the 87 cutoff to qualify for the next round.

"Darin displayed some tremendous shot-making ability and power at times during the round and clearly has the talent and desire to be even more competitive next year," Files added.

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