ILWACO - Ilwaco vaulted to a 2-0 record in varsity boys golf by whipping Elma and Hoquiam last week.

In the first home match of the season the Fishermen outscored Hoquiam 180-198. "The guys played very well in both outings last week. We played from the blue (farthest back) tees at Surfside, so the scores were higher than usual," a pleased coach Dan Whealdon said of his charges victory over Hoquiam. An ocean breeze from the north also made play more challenging.

Christiaan and David Thorne tied for medalist honors with brilliant 42 scores. Peter Gaynor chipped in a solid 45 and Nick King and Adam Ellsworth tied for fourth with 52s. Hole number eight played very difficult over the water hazard and number one was also tough with the cross wind pushing drives to the right.

At Elma the course was baked hard from the dry summer, but the greens were excellent, according to Whealdon. Ilwaco golfers took advantage of some good rolls on drives and fine surfaces to putt on to roll up a very impressive 178 team score to 205 for Elma.

"Montesano appears to be our closest competition judging from the preseason jamboree, so playing on the Elma course where we will meet them Tuesday was great practice for us," the coach stated. Christiaan Thorne won medalist honors with a 43, edging David Thorne and Gaynor by one stroke for nine holes.

King came in fourth with a 47 and Ellsworth toured the course in 55. Of the five varsity golfers, the top four scores count in determining overall team results. Spectators are welcome to join the gallery as the Fishermen will host Woodland Thursday, Sept. 19 at the course in Surfside.

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