Golfers hit late-season stride

Eighty-five holes in a week. That’s all it took to get the Falcon girls golf team into championship shape.

Punctuated by a golfing trip to a boys tournament in Arizona, the past week or so of play has been challenging and rewarding for the Falcon girls. One of the high points came on April 24, when they defeated two boys teams out of a field of 18 during their out-of-state golf junket. That team performance was fueled by seniors Nici Eaton and Hailie Mansfield, who each shot 194s over 27 holes and two days. Eaton also led the team on the first day of the tournament with a 94 on the opening 18.

This week, the South Whidbey girls made a solid transition back to Northwest golf, playing two 18-hole North Cascaded Conference meets well enough to be in contention for a conference championship.

Early in the week, the Falcons shot a 549 behind Mount Baker’s 539 at Loomis Trail Golf Course. South Whidbey senior Jennifer Pan was the medalist at the meet with a 98, followed by a 101 shot by Mansfield.

On Thursday, the girls got a gift of sorts when a meet scheduled to take place at Kayak Point Golf Course was moved to Holmes Harbor Golf Course in Freeland. On the short executive length course, the Falcons compiled a team total of 490 strokes, just one behind Mount Baker.

Tops for South Whidbey was senior Jessica Johnson, who shot a 93. Mansfield was second in with a 94, and sophomore Jenna Lindus finished the day with a 100.

Rounding out the scoring was Nici Eaton with a 106, and her sister with 107.

The Falcons play two more rounds of NCC golf next week.

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