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Girls golf takes out Lakewood, Archbishop Murphy

Chelsey Schultz tracks her shot off the third tee at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club on March 19. The Falcon senior golfer finished with 22 points in the Cascade Conference match with Lakewood.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Chelsey Schultz tracks her shot off the third tee at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club on March 19. The Falcon senior golfer finished with 22 points in the Cascade Conference match with Lakewood.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Don’t look now, but the South Whidbey girls golf team is undefeated.

And when the Falcon putters win, they win big.

South Whidbey beat Lakewood on Tuesday and Archbishop Murphy on Thursday, both at its home course at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club.

Against Archbishop Murphy, South Whidbey won 70-53 in the match scored in the Stableford style. Falcon senior Jenna Kaik was the match’s medalist and top overall scorer. She finished with 21 points.

The Falcons’ lead was cushioned by its young golfers, however. Sophomore Grace Stringer, playing in her first varsity golf match, scored 14 points for South Whidbey. The varsity spot opened because senior Chelsey Schultz, one of the Falcons’ top two golfers, missed the match.

“She is a big surprise,” said Falcon head coach Tom Sage of Stringer. “That is huge.”

Hannah Cotton, a senior, was the Falcons’ second finisher with 16 points. Rosie Portillo, a sophomore, scored 12 points. And Meaghan de Wolf rounded off the varsity scorers with seven points.

Archbishop Murphy’s top scorers were Natalie Crout with 18 points, and Molly Corbit, 14.

“It’s early and I think we’re going to get better a lot,” Sage said, “especially once the weather improves.”

In the week’s earlier match Tuesday, South Whidbey’s golfers struggled early. Chalk it up to first-game jitters, though.

The Falcons recovered from the first few holes to outscore the Lakewood Cougars, 72-43.

“At this level, there’s a lot of frustration because they’re good golfers, but they’re consistency is limited,” Sage said.

“Even the best golfers make poor shots and it’s frustrating.”

Schultz was the team’s top golfer with 22 points. Kaik followed with 19; Cotton with 14; Portillo with 11; and Casey Thorson, six.

Coupeville’s lone girls golfer, Christine Fields, was the individual medalist Tuesday.

South Whidbey already had its eyes on matches with Cedarcrest and King’s. Both schools tallied higher team scores – Kings-91, Cedarcrest-83 – than either of South Whidbey’s point totals.

“We’re going to have a battle and it’s going to be exciting to have a couple of teams we can compete against,” Sage said.

“We’ll just have to see how we match up.”

 

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