Boy golfers tough it out

April's arrival with the promise of some proper golfing weather will do the Falcon boys some good at least in the morale department.

After weathering a snowstorm in an abortive season-opening outing in Lake Stevens March 7, the local linkers have had it cold and wet for the most part. They lost two home meets to weather-related cancellations on March 18 and March 20 and have seen nothing but foreign courses as they try to get into shape.

Though they are still looking for ways to get their games into the mid-30s, the onset of spring should be an inspiration.

"If nothing else, it'll help psychologically," said Mick Heggenes, the Falcons' head coach.

March 19 gave the South Whidbey boys their first opening for play. At Oak Harbor in a three-way team play with the Wildcats and Sehome, the Falcons stroked a cumulative 240 to finish just in second place, six points ahead of their island competition.

Sophomore Jeff Strong had the best game for the Falcons with a 45 in nine holes. The remainder of the team scored in the high 40s and low 50s.

At a 15-team Snohomish and Island County invitational at the Everett Golf and Country Club, the Falcons improved their scores in 18-hole play. On a par-72 course, the team finished middle of the pack, though ahead of all other 2A schools. Strong again led the South Whidbey bunch, whacking out an 82. Senior Chuck Applebee scored an 89, while Reed Dettrich, Bryan Wilson and Kevin Carter all finished with 90s.

The Falcons had their best day Wednesday at Meridian's Shuksan Golf Course. Finishing with 212 stokes as a team, they beat both Meridian and Mount Baker. Strong chalked up a 40 on the day's par-36 nine-hole course to take medalist honors. Hansen scored a 42, Dettrich and Applebee 43s and Carter a 45.

The Falcons play next on Wednesday at Mount Baker.

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