Girls golf bests AMHS in non-league meet

Falcon senior Rosie Portillo chips onto the first hole green at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club on April 20.

South Whidbey girls golf shined on a sun-kissed day at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club in a non-league match against Archbishop Murphy on Monday.

The Falcons rolled to a 136-60 victory in a Stableford format meet through 12 holes. Archbishop Murphy only fielded five golfers for the varsity meet; a full roster has six. In a Stableford format, points are won based on the number of strokes at each hole, rather than the total number of strokes.

Leading the way was Falcon freshman Kolby Heggenes, playing in the second group. She scored a team-best 34 points.

Tarra Moore, a Falcon junior, scored 31 points.

South Whidbey’s seniors struggled a bit, with Grace Stringer scoring 25 points, and Rosie Portillo and Meghan DeWolf scoring 23, along with sophomore Riley Yale.

Portillo is the only Falcon who has competed at the state girls golf tournament, but she has struggled thus far in the season. Those challenges continued on Monday during the non-league meet against fellow Cascade Conference team Archbishop Murphy.

On the second hole, she hooked her drive left and into the trees. After a frantic five-minute search, the ball was found perched between two trees amid long grass and foliage. She hit out and was able to putt in after seven strokes.

Her Falcon teammate and group partner Heggenes also ripped her drive into the trees, but was fortunate to have the ball bounce into the fairway. She recovered on the green with a long putt.

South Whidbey travels to Battle Creek Public Golf Course for a league meet against Archbishop Murphy on Thursday in Tulalip.