RAYMOND — Despite only having four golfers competing, the Ilwaco High School boys golf team scratched out a 1-stroke win over Wahkiakum in a four-team meet at Willapa Harbor Golf Club in Raymond last Thursday. The win was IHS’ third as a team this year.
Blake Kukula shot a two-over-par 38 to take medalist honors on the thickly-forested course. Ethan Bannister tied his season-best score of 49, while Brendan Chabot carded a 53 and Tenyson Ramsey shot a 56.
After making last year’s Seaside Invitational exciting, Blake Kukula removed all the suspense this year. Kukula, who finished second last year after losing a sudden-death playoff, lapped the ten-school field with a score of 69 on Apr. 24. Ilwaco took fourth as a team, behind Scappoose, Seaside and Molalla.
Kukula birdied three of the first eight holes. He finished with five birdies on the day and was three under par, three strokes better than his score last year.
The boys team drafted Aslyn Fisher for the tournament to give them enough solid scorers to compete. Hitting from the boys’ tees, she shot 100. After a 57 on the front nine, she recovered with four pars on her way to a 43 on the back nine; only four of 48 competitors were better than Fisher on the back half.
Ethan Bannister also had a strong back nine at 44 and finished with a 93 overall. Brendan Chabot had a 102; his 49 on the front-nine was his first round in the 40s of his career. Tenyson Ramsey shot a 103.
Ilwaco competed at the Apr. 27 Astoria Invitational girls’ tournament, which uses an unusual scoring system. The Stableford scoring system gives points for good holes without punishing especially bad ones; a high score is good.
Ilwaco’s Aslyn Fisher had 51 Stableford points, second behind Morgan Hall of Scappoose at 55. Under conventional scoring, Fisher shot a 92, two strokes behind Hall.
Madeline Jacobson had 25 Stableford points, shooting a 120. Madison Chabot had 17 points and shot a 129.
With only three golfers, Ilwaco had 93 team points. Scappoose’s top four golfers scored a 118 to edge Astoria for the team title.
The Fishermen will travel Chehalis’ Riverside Golf Course for a three-team meet on Thursday.