CHEHALIS One of the most difficult things in sport to achieve is consistency, and when that consistency is excellent, well then you have something very special. And that is exactly what Ilwaco golfers achieved Oct. 11 at Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis against arch-rival Ridgefield and up-and-coming Rochester as they ran away with a 1A Trico League match.
Ross Kukula, Anthony Yoder and Clark Wilson all shot 37 and shared in medalist honors as the Fishermen ran away from Ridgefield 204-216 and defeated Rochester who scored 232. Ryan Tapio fired a 46 and Ken Sheldon rounded out Ilwacos scoring punch with a 47. Taylor Schisler came around in 48 for Ilwacos varsity.
We played in a constant downpour and there was standing water even on the greens, Coach Dan Whealdon explained. The weather didnt bother Ross, Anthony or Clark a bit. In fact, Ross could have had an even better score had he not hit his final drive out of bounds on number nine. Our top three had outstanding scores considering the weather and course conditions.
The Fishermen were defeated by Ridgefield in the opening match of the season in Southwest Washington 1A competition, but have since mashed the Spudders on three consecutive occasions. I am hoping Ken, Ryan and Taylor can improve in the next few days so that all six of our varsity golfers will qualify for state. I remember 2008 when we out-shot Kings, but they had six players at state and won the tournament because of sheer numbers, Whealdon said. If all six of our guys can move on from district, we should be in good shape at state.
There will be 42 golfers competing in the District IV 1A tournament Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 at Riverside in Chehalis, with the top 15 moving on to the state 1A golf tournament next fall. Our three juniors shot exceptional golf in nasty weather today, which is a solid, confidence builder going into district, Whealdon said.
We will be working hard this week at Astoria Country Club on their faster greens and numerous bunkers to prepare for district. Our juniors have set the positive tone and it is up to our other guys to follow suit, Whealdon concluded.
Ilwaco won seven of their eight SWW 1A matches this season.