Golfers still unbeatable in conference

Playing in a recent match at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, senior Bryan Wilson chips onto the first green. Wilson was the medalist in the Falcons
Playing in a recent match at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, senior Bryan Wilson chips onto the first green. Wilson was the medalist in the Falcons' recent meet at Lake Padden Golf Course.
— image credit: Matt Johnson

Though an ill and icy wind was blowing over the fairways and greens, par was not far out of range and a team victory was in hand April 3 for the South Whidbey High School boys golf team.

And on the same day, fortune and a bit of sunlight shined even brighter on the Falcon girls, who walked over two North Cascades Conference teams at the Semiahmoo course in Blaine.

Finishing up the first part of their spring schedule before this week's spring break, both South Whidbey teams remained undefeated in the NCC with the wins. The boys, playing on Lake Padden Golf Course in Meridian, stroked a 210 between their top five players, easily gapping host Meridian, which had 231, and Mount Baker with 232. On top of that, senior Falcon Bryan Wilson was the best player on the course, shooting a 39 for nine holes to make medalist on the par-36 course.

Though chilled to the bone by what team coach Mick Heggenes described as a "cold, brutal wind," the team's play was unhampered by the weather. Junior Jeff Strong played almost equal to Wilson, tallying a 40 on the course. Behind him, senior Kevin Carter logged a 42, sophomore Drew Aernie a 44, and junior Reed Dettrich a 45.

Heggenes said the school break has the Falcons out of competition until April 14, when the team needs to find its best strokes of the season for the 17-team Dolan Invitational at the Everett Golf and Country Club.

Pan paces girls

The scenery was as good as it gets at Semiahmoo and the play wasn't bad either for the Falcon girls for their road trip to Blaine. On the sand-spit resort golf course, South Whidbey completely outclassed the host team -- which finished nine holes with 16Stableford points to the Falcons' 97 -- and was also well ahead of Mount Baker's 74 points.

Leading the Falcons was junior Jennifer Pan, who shot a 45 to pick up 27 points and make medalist. Her classmate, Hallie Mansfield, was the second-best golfer on the course, earning 23 points on 49 strokes. The third-best score of the day came from Mount Baker's Samantha Phillips, who scored 19 points on a 53.

Also scoring points for South Whidbey were senior Adrienne Hawley with 18 points on 54 strokes, junior Jessica Johnson with 17 points on 55 strokes, and sophomore Jenna Lindus with 12 points on 61 points. Also playing for the team was freshman Nici Eaton. She shot a 70 and scored seven points.

Next up for the girls is a match Tuesday against Monroe at Echo Falls Golf Course. The match was earlier scheduled at Useless Bay.

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