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Golf teams warm with spring
As a downpour prompted golf course officials at Useless Bay and in Jackson to call off high school golf meets Thursday, the South Whidbey High School boys and girls golf teams found themselves waiting for another chance to improve their fortunes on the links.
The boys, who were to have played Archbishop Murphy at Useless Bay Thursday, were looking to the meet as the latest step in bringing their nine-hole scores consistently into the low 40s. Its a goal the team has struggled toward in two meets so far this year, one against Oak Harbor High School March 21 at Whidbey Golf and Country Club, and the second on Monday against Cedarcrest at Carnation Golf and Country Club.
In that season opener against Oak Harbor, the Falcons lost to the Wildcats 276-313 in a 12-hole match. Falcon coach Mick Heggenes kept close track of his boys scores for nine holes, as that will be the yardstick the majority of the season will be measured against. Freshmen Nathan Kamps and Blake Blakely led the team, each with a 46. Senior Byron Andrews was next with a 47; senior Drew Aernie stroked a 49; and senior Kenny Johnson rounded out the scoring with a 50.
Monday saw substantial gains for the Falcons as they suffered a narrow loss to fellow Cascade Conference team Cedarcrest. In nine holes at Useless Bay, Blakely was again the top Falcon, shooting a 39 to take second place at the meet. Aernie shaved six strokes off his previous best to finish with a 43, while Johnson improved by three to get to 47. Senior Tim Klopfenstein and Nathan Kamps finished the day with 48s.
Heggenes said the brightest spot of the week was a 237-274 junior varsity victory over Cedarcrest. Andrews led the way with a 44, while freshman Eric Barrow was a surprise with a 48.
In girls action, the Falcons lost an 85-61 Stableford matchup against Monroe at Useless Bay Wednesday. Jenna Lindus was the top Falcon with a 21, followed by junior Jessi Eaton at 19. Sophomore Courtney Dettrich finished with a 16, while freshman Whitney Wood had a five on the day.