SURFSIDE — The Lady Fishermen hit the links for official practice March 4 and 12 golfers were on the largest squad of girls in school history for coach Bob Enos. Gone is Marina Sonntag, who played in the state tournament, but there are some strong returnees to lead Ilwaco’s contingent.

Katlyn Ellyson is a sophomore who was on Sonntag’s heels all last season and she missed the cut at district by two strokes of going to state. She worked very hard on her game over the summer and coach Enos is expecting great things from her. “Katlyn has a chance to do very good things in high school golf if she continues to focus on her game and work year around,” Enos said.

Brittany King was last season’s most improved player and edged Ellison for the last spot at the district golf cut. She is coming off a very nice wrestling season and the senior is looking to do well in golf as well.

Kempsey Ward earned a letter last season. She should be a very productive varsity player this season. Phoebe Millsap is a lefty who also earned a letter last season. “She improved a ton in her first year of golf and as a sophomore she should complement Kempsey nicely in our third and fourth spots in league play,” Enos explained.

Stephanie Kelly also lettered last season and had experience at district. “She came a long way for a first year player and we’re looking for even better things from her this season,” Enos said. Nicole Kellin is a senior with one letter in golf and also improved her game a great deal in half a season last year according to Enos.

Freshmen Allison Bonney and Ahnna Neace played exhibition rounds last year in middle school and as freshmen could contribute as early as this year at the varsity level. “Both have a huge upside in their games,” Enos predicted.

Sophomore Isabella Bellisimo played in exhibition matches last year and gained valuable experience Enos related. “We have two newcomers to the program in Aileen Montieth and sophomore Ashley Thompson and neither has played golf, but they are eager to learn,” Enos said.

Asyln Fisher has two years of middle school golf under her belt and she will be turning out with the program for her third year. “We look forward to when she will be eligible for high school competition as she actually has more experience than several of our high school players,” Enos explained.

“I look forward to the year, as we will be able to have enough girls out that will challenge and push each other every day in practice. I think eight or nine of the girls will be pushing each other for the spots for the varsity matches. This depth will be a great asset to the program this year and well into the future. Last year we were second in the league in the team standings at the district tournament,” Enos said.

In the Trico League Lauryn Keating of Elma and Kaelyn Walker of Montesano both placed high at the state meet and were second and third at district respectively and they should take away individual honors at district again this season.

Enos believes the top teams should be Hoquiam and Woodland, which is coming down from class 2A where they had a strong team last year. “Woodland should be the front runners, but with our depth we will be near the top of the league,” Enos said.

Dave Hansen, who assists Dan Whealdon with boys’ program, will once again be a “tremendous asset” to the girls program as well, Enos said. “We will again be playing our home matches at Surfside and would like to thank Jon Kukula for all that he does for our program, both with the course and in helping with coaching when he has time,” Enos concluded.

The Lady Fishermen will tee it up for the first time April 9 by hosting Kalama and then will travel to Woodland for another Trico League tilt April 11.

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