South Whidbey beats Cedarcrest, priming for another title run / Girls golf

The South Whidbey High School girls golf team is marching toward another Cascade Conference title, but can the Falcons repeat as state champions?

South Whidbey finally broke through last spring and won the combined 1A/2B/1B state crown after finishing second two years in a row.

Getting back to the top won’t be easy.

“The postseason will be difficult this year,” coach Garth Heggenes said. “There are some good golfers in our conference and district, which will make it difficult, but if we play to our ability, we have a chance to do well.

“To accomplish this, we need to have most of our girls playing their best golf.”

Until yesterday, the Falcons breezed through the head-to-head match-ups in Cascade Conference play this year.

“Overall the season is going good,” Heggenes said. “The girls are getting better each week, and they seem to be enjoying it. They have had great attitudes, even with the weather being not the best.”

Heggenes praised the improvement of his younger players, Tori Schuller and Olivia Varga, and the good starts of veterans Kolby Heggenes, Emma Leggett and Alyssa Ludtke.

“They all have worked hard,” coach Heggenes said.

Kolby Heggenes is one of the area’s top golfers, placing second in state in the individual standings the past two seasons.

After a string of lopsided wins, the Falcons were finally challenged before beating host Cedarcrest 100-94 on the Red Wolves’ home course, Blue Heron, Thursday, April 26.

Kolby Heggenes tallied 31 Stableford points, followed by Leggett (27), Schuller (17), Ludtke (15) and Varga (10).

The Falcons close out the regular season with a match against Archbishop Murphy at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Useless Bay.

The postseason begins with the Cascade Conference Medalist Tournament at 8 a.m. Monday, May 7, at the Snohomish Golf Course.

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