SURFSIDE - Freshman Kylie Lewis tied Raymond's Chance Runge for first place and fellow ninth grader Jack Whealdon carded a 37 for medalist honors as both the girls and boys placed first in golf matches Thursday at Surfside Golf Course.

Lewis, using the modified Stapleford scoring system, tied Runge with 15 points, no small feat as Runge placed second in last year's state tournament. Merrissa Janas was a close second with an impressive 14 points. The Lady Fishermen scored 32 points to Raymond-South Bend's 28 and North Beach racked up 11 points.

Coach Dan Whealdon said, "Our girls program went two years straight without winning a match, so we're making progress."

Jack Whealdon shot a one-over par 37 on the challenging course. He was followed by Mike Lambert who shot a 40. Tyler Johnson, another freshman, carded a 45 and Joe Berglund shot 57 to round out Ilwaco's team scoring. The Fishermen edged South Bend 179-182, North Beach scored 200 and Raymond 202.

"It was good to see Mike Lambert back on the course after the car accident last week. For sitting out a week he played well," Whealdon said. "Tyler Johnson was a big surprise for us by shooting a 45 as he continues to improve and gain experience."

Whealdon said Casey Marsh, who was also injured in the auto accident, was released from the hospital March 29 and "is making progress" according to the coach. "We're all happy about that and thankful that he is going to be OK," he added.

Fishermen golfers will take spring break off and be back on the links April 10 when the girls go to Banks and the boys will compete in Astoria at invitational matches.

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