Falcon golfers are league champs
The South Whidbey boys golf team capped a perfect 10-0 season with an impressive victory at the Cascade Conference league championship at the par 72 Snohomish Golf Club.
“On a near-perfect spring day, the Falcon’s poise, course management and execution were near perfect as well,” said Falcon coach Steve Jones.
The five-player team score was too much for the competition.
“To shoot an impressively low score of 383 is an amazing feat for any golf team,” Jones added. “Our players had to average 76.6 strokes each on the par 72 course.”
Final team scores were South Whidbey with 383, Kings 390, Cedarcrest 416, Archbishop Murphy 425, Lakewood 437 and Sultan with 441.
Individually, John Lindsay shot 75, Blake Blakey 76, Jensen Connor 76, Nathan Kamps 77, Brooks Guetlin 79 and Perry Cooley with 82.
“I was extremely proud of my young men for their courage, intensity and concentration,” Jones said. “Entering the championship, it was not surprising to know we were the team to beat since we are the 2007 defending league champs and did not lose a regular season league match in 2008. It was as if we had giant targets on our backs. To win back-to-back league titles is sweet indeed.”
The Falcons plan to maintain their momentum as they head into the district tournament May 12 and 13 at Skagit Golf and Country Club.
The top 19 qualifiers at the district tournament will then advance to the state championships on May 19-21 at Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine.
Falcon golfers get course preview
The South Whidbey boys golf team travelled to Skagit Valley Golf Club to compete in the prestigious Bill Egbers Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday.
The Falcons faced a major contingent of the best golfers in the state of Washington.
Behind the first-round scoring of Brooks Guetlin, 75 and Jensen Connor with 77, the Falcons placed ninth against competition mostly comprised of 4A and 3A schools.
Other first round scores for South Whidbey were Blake Blakey with 89, John Lindsay, 83 and Nathan Kamps, 84.
“Brooks and Jensen qualified for the championship afternoon round,” said Falcon coach Steve Jones. “Jensen fired a consistent 77 while Brooks struggled with an 83.
“Both boys were exhausted after playing two 18-hole matches on the same day but managed to maintain their composure,” Jones said.
Jones added it was a great opportunity to play at Skagit since the district championship will be played there May 12.
“Course knowledge is extremely important and our golfers paid close attention to potential hazards, penalty areas, rough conditions and the speed of the greens,” he said.
Falcon girls tennis team looking good
The South Whidbey tennis team won all but one of their matches against Bellingham Thursday.
In singles play, the Falcons’ Lindsey Newman won 6-1, 6-0, Natalie Wheeler won 6-1, 6-1, Jen Gemkow won 6-2, 6-1 but Maya Hough lost 2-6,1-6.
In doubles action, South Whidbey’s Victoria Comfort and Nicole Zalewski won 6-4, 6-0, Julia Iversen and Shannon Craig won 6-0, 6-2 and Nicole Steward and Noelle Metz won 6-1, 6-1.
Falcon coach Tom Kramer said the team as a whole concentrated better. “We also made some adjustments from the ‘education’ we had received from the Bellingham team two days before,” he said. “The team’s efforts were more consistent, just in time for district competition on May 10.
Golf girls exceed their expectations
The South Whidbey girl’s golf team split their last two games, beating Sultan but losing to Archbishop Murphy, under the Stableford scoring system. Against Murphy on May 1 — the top team in the Cascade Conference — South Whidbey lost 117-76.
Miller and Lindus tied with
14 points each, Thomson had 17, Hamilton, Leggett and Winn each shot 15 points.
In an earlier game, South Whidbey overcame Sultan 72-50. Sydney Miller had 15 points, Emily Lindus made 20, Brandi Winn had 15, Danyelle Leggett shot 15 and Olivia Hamilton had seven.