OCEAN SHORES — Ilwaco’s boys golf team shot a 186 at Ocean Shores on April 13, staying competitive at the three-team tournament. The Fishermen finished one stroke behind Life Christian and 10 better than North Beach. Ilwaco improved its team score by 14 strokes over its performance in Tacoma two days earlier.
Zac Tapio was part of the reason for the improvement. Tapio, a baseball and golf jack-of-all-trades, was not available Tuesday but shot a 48 on Thursday in just his second tournament of the year. Blake Kukula won the individual medal with a 42. Tenyson Ramsey shot a 46, his personal best nine-hole score. Ethan Bannister shot a 50. Brendan Chabot had a personal-best 54.
Ilwaco had the only girls’ team at the tournament, with first-time golfers Faith Richardson and Emeri Wilson joining veterans Aslyn Fisher, Madeline Jacobson and Madison Chabot. Aslyn Fisher led the way with a 49. Madeline Jacobson shot a season-best 55.
“We focused on helping Faith and Emeri get acclimated to the little things that come with playing a competitive round,” said coach Bob Enos. “Both had some excellent shot making and good composure with the relaxed atmosphere.”
At Life Christian
The boys team shot a 200 at Allenmore Elks in Tacoma on April 11, 14 strokes behind Wahkiakum and host Life Christian. Kukula recovered from four straight bogeys to start the round to finish four over par at 40, good for first place. Bannister shot 49, Ramsey 53 and Brenden Chabot 58. Madison Chabot, the only Ilwaco girl making the trip, shot a 68.
Fisher, Jacobson and Chabot participated in the Seaside Invitational at the Astoria Golf and Country Club on April 10. Miserable weather shortened the tournament to nine holes instead of the planned 18.
“Putting on the quick greens of Astoria was an adventure for us,” said Enos. “Our scores were nowhere near our best.” Fisher led the Fishermen with a score of 61.