HOQUIAM — For the sixth consecutive match, Marina Sonntag has lowered her golf score and on May 1 in Hoquiam she was the medalist with a personal best 49. Despite her efforts, Ilwaco lost to the Lady Grizzlies 287-337, making their record in dual meets 3-3.

Katlyn Ellyson shot a 61, Stephanie Kelly came around in 74, Brittany King shot a 75, and Phoebe Millsap and Nicole Kellin each carded 78s.

“Our girls are all pushing each other and getting better. We had fun playing against a very good Hoquiam team and the girls continue to learn and improve,” coach Bob Enos said. Hoquiam dropped four strokes from their first meeting with Ilwaco, but the Lady Fishermen improved a whopping 38 strokes since April 17.

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SURFSIDE – “I shot my best round of the season and I’m really excited, but I was very nervous to begin the match because I was going up against two of the best golfers in the state. I learned a lot playing against the Keating sisters,” Marina Sonntag said after shooting a 50 at Surfside Golf Course April 26 against Elma.

The Lady Fishermen were defeated by the Lady Eagles 177 to 246 as Elma only had four golfers, including medalist Alexis Keating. She fired a superb 38 and her sister Lauren Keating carded an exceptional 40 at Surfside. Ilwaco’s official score for five golfers was 316. Katlyn Ellyson shot a round of 62, Brittany King came around in 66, Kempsey Ward shot a 68, and Nicole Kellin carded a 70.

Phoebe Millsap shot a 71, Ahnna Neace, an eighth grader, shot a 73, and Allison Bonney and Stephanie Kelly both fired rounds of 93. “Our girls really played well. Marina, Katlyn, Brittany, Phoebe and Nikki all had their personal best rounds,” coach Bob Enos praised. “We will have three matches in a row next week and hopefully this will help our girls build up their endurance so they can play well at district. None of our girls have played 18 holes and they will have to do that back to back at district if they want to qualify for state.”

Ellyson related, “My 62 was not as good a round as I could have shot. I was nervous because of the home match and people watching. Even though I didn’t drive as good as I could, I did put much better and I made a par on hole No. 8.”

King said, “I played a really good round and my 66 is the second best I’ve shot. I am getting more consistent and had only one double-digit hole. My hybrid driver and putter worked well today.”

Millsap explained, “My 71 is my best round of the year and I’m really happy. My fairway shots were good and I was able to shoot a par at No. 8 over water.”

“Their first two golfers are very good. I admire our kids for gutting it out and playing well. This was a fun match,” Enos concluded.

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