Golfers ahead in the wet

Wet and slow.

This was what golf meant to the Falcon boys and girls this week.

At three meets over the past few days, both teams fought soggy turf and lamented disappearing balls as they slogged their way around area golf courses in search of a few good scores.

And they did get a few, but just enough to cling to their undefeated status in the North Cascades Conference.

On Wednesday at Homestead Golf Course in Lynden, the boys put together a team round of 210 to edged host Lynden Christian and teams from Mount Baker and Lakewood. It came down to consistency for the Falcons, who all played about the same game on the course.

Bryan Wilson lead the way, making co-medalist along with Lync Ben VanderWoude with a round of 36. Behind Wilson, Falcons Jeff Strong, Kevin Carter and Drew Aernie all tallied 42s on the day. Chris Erikson rounded out the scoring with a 44.

Team coach Mick Heggenes said the Lyncs' runner-up team score of 223 was closer than he wanted.

"It was a little uncomfortable," he said.

With the greens and fairways still running damp at the course, Heggenes noted his team's scores were not as low as they have been in the past. He said the Falcons are still waiting for dry spring weather to show up.

The same went for the Falcon girls. At the Burlington Invitational Monday, the Falcons -- who placed second in the state 2A tournament last year -- were uncharacteristically low in the team results, placing eighth of 15 teams. Team coach Tom Sage said with balls plugging in the turf and fairway shots getting almost no roll, he estimates that each of the Falcon players lost an average of four strokes per nine holes.

Hailey Mansfield was the top South Whidbey player at the tournament, shooting a 105 for 18 holes. Jennifer Pan had a 106 and Jennifer Johnson a 127.

As per tournament rules, two members of each team played nine-hole matches. Adrienne Hawley shot a 58 for her round, while Nici Eaton was close behind at 62.

Another wet course, this time in Bellingham, made a routine NCC meet a bit of a scare for the team. Unbeaten for two years in the conference, the girls -- missing Hawley for this three-way meet -- just beat Mount Baker 70-67 on the Stableford scoring system. Pan was the medalist at the meet with a 22. Mansfield scored 14, Johnson 11, Jenna Lindus 12, and Marcie Strong 11.

"It's the first time we've been touched in a year and a half," Sage said.

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