SURFSIDE — The Ilwaco High School golf team had a solid showing in their final home match of the season, coming in just two strokes behind Kalama, 209-211. Kalama’s Hayden Johnson was the medalist with a score of 46. The Fishermen played the match co-ed, and used the four lowest scores among the boys and girls.
Senior Maddy Chabot shot her second straight round of 49 to lead the combined team, followed by Ethan Knopski and Madeline Jacobson, who both shot 52.
“(Knopski) continues to improve in all facets of the game — shot making, golf etiquette, and course management,” said coach Bob Enos. “Madeline continues her steady play in the low fifties.”
Faith Richardson played from the mens tees and shot a round of 58. John Glenn, who Enos said “had an off day” shot a 65, but was able to par both of the last two holes. Brenden Chabot, who had shot a 37 through the first six holes, unexpectedly left the match on the seventh hole.
Other girl golfers playing but not scoring for Ilwaco were senior Emeri Wilson, who shot a 64, and Maggie Jacobson, who finished with a 67.
The Fishermen were missing a few players, including Blake Kukula who was playing a US Open qualifying event in Portland that day.
Both the boys and girls teams will play in their respective district tournaments this week, the girls in Tumwater, the boys in Kelso. As for their chances in the playoffs?
“[The] girls had their best match score in three years [later last week], so they are peaking I believe,” said Enos. “[It’s] hard to predict, as we have only played the 1A schools once and there are eight girls back who won state berths last year.”
He added, “[The] boys are lacking experience at the district level, but we could have two make it to state.”
Ilwaco second at Cosmopolis
COSMOPOLIS — Makenzie Kaech, Madeline Jacobson, Faith Richardson and Emeri Wilson all shot career lows for Ilwaco at Highland Golf Course in Cosmopolis Tuesday, May 8. Coach Bob Enos described the course as “very woody and hilly…with many sidehill lies and punch out shots from under trees and low branches.” Par was 35.
Kaech, the senior rookie golfer, shot a 46, three strokes under her previous low. Jacobson shot 49, a season-low.
Richardson had a season-low 54. “She could be a dark horse at district with her length off the tee if she can keep them in the fairways,” Enos said.
Emeri Wilson shot a season-low 59. Madison Chabot shot a 54. Her low this year is 49, meaning Ilwaco now has three golfers who have proven they can score under 50 on the right day. Freshman Maggie Jacobson shot a 63.
Counting the scores from Kaech, Jacobson, Chabot and Richardson, Ilwaco had a team score of 203, seven strokes behind Hoquiam and 33 ahead of Elma.