Boy golfers' third place finish impressive this time

"Sometimes third place isn't so good, other times it's great. The latter was the case Tuesday for the South Whidbey boys golf team.Coming off a disappointing third place finish in the North Cascades Conference tournament, the Falcons boys finished an impressive third at the 14-team district event at Gold Mountain near Bremerton.Teams from the North Cascades and Nisqually leagues met at Gold Mountain's par 72 Olympic course. South Whidbey scored 332, only three strokes behind second place Port Townsend. Lynden Christian, led by the 70 of medalist Andrew Bostrom, won with 317.South Whidbey's top golfer was Charlie Bass whose 76 tied for second overall. He was one under after the first nine and ahead of the pack, but dropped back a bit on the back nine.Dorian Sidhu, who has been up and down all year, picked a good time to be up as he shot an 83 for 10th place overall. He will join Bass as South Whidbey's representatives at the state tournament. Alec Osenbach scored 85, thanks to an impressive 41 on the second nine. One more stroke would have got him in (to state), said coach Mick Heggenes. Osenbach did earn a spot as an alternate and will play at state if someone else drops out due to illness or some other factor.Row Brown scored 88 to complete the Falcon team scoring. His round included what Heggenes called the biggest thrill of the day, as he aced the 129-yard 14th hole. Brown hit a pitching wedge from the elevated tee and his group watched in awe as the ball bounced toward the hole. They watched it trickle in the hole, Heggenes said. Brown told his coach, After that I couldn't even think about swinging. He put the hole-in-one ball in his pocket and has a souvenir that he can talk about for a lifetime.Bass, Sidhu, Osenbach and their coach will leave Sunday to spend the night in the Bellingham area in preparation for Monday's and Tuesday's Class AA state tournament at Semiahmoo's Loomis Trail golf course near Birch Bay."

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