Fishermen title defense ready to tee-off

Last year's third place finisher Ross Kukula will be the first to tee-off for the defending state champs.

DUPONT — The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has announced tee times for the boys’ state 1A golf tournament Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 at The Home Course in Dupont. Ilwaco began defense of its state title when Ross Kukula teed off early Tuesday, May 24.

Patrick Whealdon, Ryan Kukula, Clark Wilson, Anthony Yoder and Ryan Tapio are also on the course for the Fishermen. Of the 80 golfers who begin play Tuesday, half will make the cut for the second round of 18 holes of golf. Only golfers who qualify for the second day can score team points.

Last year Ross Kukula finished third at state with rounds of 69 and 71 for a score of 140. Ryan Kukula (75-74) and Whealdon (73-76) tied for 10th place with scores of 149. Wilson and Yoder sealed the state title for the Fishermen by finishing in a tie for 14th and a tie for 22nd respectively. Tapio was an alternate and did not compete.

In 2010, Ilwaco scored 144 points for coach Dan Whealdon, Freeman had 113, and King’s 93.5. Of the top 10 individuals only Ross and Ryan Kukula, Whealdon, and Reid Fredrickson of Overlake return. 

Results for the 2011 tournament will be posted as they are received throughout the day May 24 and 25 at www.chinookobserver.com.

 

State tournament team scoring explained

At least two players constitute a team. Team scoring for the 80-entry tournament will be as follows: first place 50 team points; second place 45 team points; third 40 team points; fourth 38 team points; fifth 36 team points; then each descending place receives one less point. For instance, 25th place receives 16 points, 40th place and ties earn one point. Only those qualifying for the second round of play will be eligible for points.

Scoring for a 40-entry tournament is: first place 30 team points; second place 25 team points; third 20 team points; fourth 18 team points; fifth 16 team points; then each descending place receives one less point. For instance, 13th place earns 8 points, 20th place and ties each earn one point. Again only those qualifying for the second round of play will be eligible for points.

Ties will be resolved by sharing the points in the places affected. For example, if there is a three-way tie for second, each player would receive 41 points (the average of 45, 40, and 38). The next place would be fifth.

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