Golf teams on par, edged out

Golfers on the South Whidbey girl’s golf team rebounded from a subpar performance in the first nine holes of the Cascade Conference championship to score a come-from-behind win.

The Falcons were 27 strokes behind Cedarcrest after nine holes at the Snohomish Golf Club, but turned their game around and eventually beat the Red Wolves, South Whidbey’s only 3A conference rival, by nine strokes, 598-607. Coach Tom Sage credited the win to a good effort by all six members on the varsity team.

But that’s not to say the girls were completely satisfied with the results.

“They all have room for improvement,” he said. “In fact, they were not happy with their scores at the league match.”

With the team now in postseason play, Sage said he was pleased with the improvements the team showed during the season.

Their skills will be put to the test Monday and Tuesday when the girls play against several other local 3A teams at the District 1 championship at Skagit Valley Golf and Country Club in Burlington.

At the boy’s conference championship, also held at the Snohomish Golf Club, the Falcons could not find a way to catch Archbishop Murphy, a team South Whidbey defeated handily earlier in the year. The Falcon’s 437 strokes placed them third in the match, three points behind Archbishop Murphy’s 434.

“The boys had to battle every shot, but they never gave up,” said Mick Heggenes, the boys’ head coach.

He said the team has improved steadily through the season. Every golfer will have to play their best golf of the year, however, to make the cut at the District 1 championship Monday and Tuesday at Bellingham Country Club and advance to the state finals, Heggenses said.

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