BURLINGTON — Ilwaco, the only 1A team in the 30th annual Bill Egbers Memorial Golf Tournament, finished fourth among 22 teams. Ryan Kukula led the Fishermen with a 36-hole total of 151 and Patrick Whealdon shot 155 Friday, May 6 at Skagit Valley Country Club in Burlington.

Both Kukula with 78 and Whealdon with 75 made the morning cut. Ross Kukula fired a 79 in the morning round, and missed the cut by one stroke. Clark Wilson came in with an 82, and Anthony Yoder shot an 84. All five Fishermen and Ryan Tapio have qualified for the state 1A golf tournament coming up May 24 and 25 at the Home Course in DuPont.

“Ryan played a solid morning round of 78 and an exceptional second round of 73. He could have easily scored in the 60s except for one errant drive and another that went out of bounds. Considering it rained steadily throughout the day, except when we took a break for lunch, he played exceptionally well,” coach Dan Whealdon said.

“Patrick had a good round in the morning and shot 75, but he got into trouble with three out of bounds drives on the front nine in the afternoon. He recovered to shoot one over par on the back nine,” Whealdon said. “Ryan Kukula had a double bogey on 18 and Clark Wilson did the same and they missed the cut by one and three strokes. They were disappointed, but considering the weather, they had good scores. Anthony’s driver was his downfall, but he will work on that.”

Only the top 40 of 112 golfers from the state’s more golf-oriented 2A through 4A high schools made the cut. Ryan Kukula and Whealdon finished in the top 15 according to coach Whealdon, but final standings were unavailable. “I was proud of our kids. A little adversity is good for them and they will learn from this tournament. We beat a bunch of really good teams in this tournament,” Whealdon concluded. Tapio did not compete as he has a broken finger. He is hopeful of being able to play in the state golf tournament.


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