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Schultz, Cotton capture Cascade Conference girls golf meet for Falcons

Hannah Cotton chips from the first fairway onto the green Thursday afternoon.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Hannah Cotton chips from the first fairway onto the green Thursday afternoon.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

USELESS BAY — There was no place like home for the South Whidbey girls golf team Thursday.

The Falcons won their second meet in a week with three golfers who finished in the top six overall. South Whidbey’s tightly bunched trio at the top of the board helped the Falcons win the modified Stableford match, which counts points for strokes under par (one stroke over par is worth one point and one stroke under is worth three points). South Whidbey scored a meet-high 84 points and edged out Cascade Conference leaders King’s and Archbishop Murphy, 78 and 75 points, respectively.

“I am very proud of the hard work all the golfers and my assistant coaches Ron and Jessi Eaton have done,” said Falcon head coach Tom Sage.

Knowing the home course at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club certainly helped. The holes on the private course are littered with water hazards and sand bunkers, which were made more challenging as the girls slogged through a drenched course as rain poured during the match.

“Useless Bay has been a wonderful advocate for us. Without them we would not have a golf program here,” Sage said.

In a bit of a surprise, South Whidbey’s second and third slotted golfers scored highest for the Falcons. Chelsey Schultz and Hannah Cotton, both juniors, scored 22 points each through the front nine holes.

Fellow junior Jenna Kaik, who was the lone South Whidbey 2A girls golf state championship qualifier last year, finished sixth overall with 20 points. Only the top five finishers from each school scored toward the team’s points.

A pair of freshmen rounded out South Whidbey’s scorers. Rosie Portillo scored 14 points, and Molly sage finished with six.

“Golf is a very difficult sport. A contest may last up to five hours. There are no cheering crowds, no cheerleaders or referees, no one to block for you, no one to pass to if things get hard,” Sage said. “The field always changes so you can never practice the same shot. It takes a mentally tough competitor to play this game. Last year, our team could only beat one team in the league. Yesterday, we beat them all. It was a great day for South Whidbey girls golf.”

The meet was the last regular season conference competition of the year. South Whidbey and the other 2A teams in the league begin postseason play next week at the Cascade Conference Tournament at 11 a.m. Monday, May 7 at the Snohomish Golf Course. From there, the Falcons advance to the District 1 2A tournament Monday, May 14 also at the Snohomish Golf Course.

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