TUMWATER — Woodland wrested the crown from seven-time champion Ilwaco last week at the District IV 1A boys golf tournament at Tumwater Valley Golf Course.

Ilwaco finished in fourth behind La Center and Hoquiam who tied for second.

Kenneth Sheldon and Taylor Schisler both earned one of 15 berths to the state 1A tournament next spring. Sheldon finished sixth and Schisler was eighth at district.

“We were so close to finishing second. I wish all four of our guys could have qualified for state, but every stroke counts. Zac Tapio was three strokes from making it to state over 36 holes,” coach Dave Hansen said.

“I am proud of how well the kids played. Zac just couldn’t get the ball to roll right. Kenneth and Taylor were expected to go to state and they accomplished their goal. All four of our guys made it to the second day of the tournament, which was Brendan Weidner’s goal.”

Sheldon shot 80 on the first day and a sterling 75 on the second day, just three over par. Schisler shot 80 and then 81. Tapio fired rounds of 92 and then 90 and Weidner shot 97 and 103.

“I could have played a lot better. I didn’t hit any of the greens with my drives. I’m hoping to shoot in the mid-70s tomorrow,” Sheldon said after the first day. “The second day I had a pretty good round. I chipped in for a birdie on the first hole. I got to the greens in regulation more often the second day. I am excited that I will be going to state again,” he said.

“It was a slow day for me. My tee shots were straight, but my putting was horrible. I hope to play better tomorrow,” Schisler stated after the tournament’s first day.

His hopes seemed to be dashed when he shot a 44 on the front nine, but then he kicked it in gear and fired a 37 on the back nine, one over par.

“I was able to have a good finish. I am really excited to be going to state, especially since I missed going the first two years and was an alternate as a sophomore,” Schisler said.

“I have a chance of making it to state, but I’ll have to shoot in the mid-80s. My drives were good, but I definitely have to work on my approach shots. My putts were good. If I play consistently I have a shot at making it to state,” Tapio said after his first round Monday. Unfortunately he was not able to qualify, but he was not deterred as he was on the practice range and working on his short game immediately after the tournament. “I played bogey golf and had a couple of double-bogeys thrown in. I had one ball go out of bounds and that hurt, but I don’t feel too bad. I didn’t feel any pressure. Next summer I plan to play WJGA (Washington Junior Golf Association) and practice in the spring,” he stated.

“I made the cut and I shot birdies on holes number 10 and number 13. If I can shoot in the 80s tomorrow I have a shot at making it to state,” Weidner related. “Hole number 11 did me in today. I shot an 11 on that hole, but later I made a par on number 17. This has been an up and down season for me after sitting out a year. I need to practice my drives and putting and I need to concentrate more,” he said after the tournament.

“Kenneth has been a leader all season for us. He helps the other kids with their play. On the second day he and Taylor out-dueled the number-2 and number-3 finishers in the tournament. I am happy the way the season went. The kids practiced hard and competed well,” Hansen concluded.

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