Golf boys from South Whidbey fall behind in pair of matches

Packing its scores in the mid-90s worked for the South Whidbey boys golf team Thursday.

The Falcons won their first Cascade Conference match this season against Lakewood, 470 to 529. It was also a rare clear day this spring in which the teams finished 18 holes.

Derrick Riley led South Whidbey with 89 strokes. Lakewood’s top golfer Christian Case tallied 80 and was just edged as the match’s medalist. Coupeville’s Austin Fields scored 79.

Thus far, South Whidbey’s top scorer has rotated between Riley and Jordan Hoch through four matches. Hoch shot a 93 and finished second for the Falcons.

At the start of the season, Jon Rasmussen was slated as the Falcons’ top golfer. Since the jamboree, he has struggled and shot a 97 at Cedarcrest Golf Course in Marysville.

Evan Merculief played in one of his first matches this year. He was limited because of an injury but returned Thursday and shot a 96 as South Whidbey’s fourth scorer.

Daniel Caron was the Falcons’ third golfer to finish and came in with a 95.

Earlier in the week, South Whidbey played a nonconference match against three Wesco teams. South Whidbey finished last in a field that included 3A Everett, 3A Stanwood and 4A Jackson.

At Kayak Point Golf Course on Wednesday, South Whidbey’s scores jumped 10 strokes compared to Thursday. Riley was the only consistent golfer with 97 strokes. Caron shot a 102, Rasmussen a 104, Chase Collins a 105 and Merculief a 106.

Everett won the match.

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