ILWACO - Four Fishermen golfers have qualified for the Washington State Junior Golf Association District 3 tournament with their play in a pair of tournaments in June and they are among nine Ilwaco linksters who have their sights set on WJGA state competition at the end of July.
Ryan Kukula and Patrick Whealdon qualified for district in the 14-15 age group as Kukula was co-medalist with a 72 and Whealdon shot a 75 at Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis. In a later tournament at Tumwater Valley course Whealdon shot a 76 and Kukula a 77 to also place well in the events. Both will be juniors next year at Ilwaco.
Incoming freshmen Clark Wilson and Ross Kukula also had outstanding rounds at Chehalis and Tumwater in the 12-13 age group. Wilson came in with a round of 81 and another of 83 and Ross Kukula fired rounds of 75 and 79 according to Coach Dan Whealdon.
In the 8-11 division Kenneth Sheldon shot a nine-hole score of 45 at Tumwater and 53 in Riverside and Zack Tapio carded rounds of 63 and 55. In the 14-15 division Ryan Tapio shot a 98 at Tumwater and in the 12-13 age group Anthony Yoder fired an 85 and Taylor Schisler shot a 102 at Riverside.
The Ilwaco contingent will compete at Olympia's Capitol City Course July 8 and Alderbrook in Shelton July 13. The ultimate goal is to advance to the WJGA State Championship July 28 to 31 at Glendale and Overlake Country Clubs in Bellevue. The District 3 tournament will be at Hawkes Prairie July 20 and 21.
Coach Whealdon attributes much of the Fishermen's recent outstanding success to the WJGA competition each summer. The tournaments are open to golfers from every school in the state and are often much more challenging than even the high school state championships.
Ilwaco has finished in the top four at the state 1A golf tournament each of the last four seasons, including a championship in 2008 and a second place finish last spring.