Ilwaco golfers finish good 2003 season but won't advance to state

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>Ryan Gray lofts a golf shot in a recent high school match. The Ilwaco senior missed the cut at the district tournament by one stroke in Longview Thursday.

ILWACO - "We won't be sending anyone to the State Golf Tournament this year," Dan Whealdon said, "but all things considered, we had a good season." The Fishermen competed in District IV golf match Thursday and Saturday in Longview.

Peter Gaynor had the best shot at making the cut for State, but a round of 87 on Thursday meant the junior had a lot of ground to make up to be in the elite eight at the end of the weekend. An out of bounds shot on his second hole didn't help matters much, but Gaynor played excellent golf the rest of the way, carding a 79.

His 166 total for the two-day District IV match was two strokes off the pace for a trip to Pasco in the spring. Michael Lambert also made the cut on Thursday and shot identical 92's at District.

"Mike played his best golf of the year. He was consistent," Whealdon praised of the sophomore.

Senior Ryan Gray toured the course in Longview in 93 strokes, but was one off the pace to compete Saturday. Nick King, another senior for Ilwaco, fired a 101. The two capped fine careers as Fishermen golfers. "Nick and Ryan are great guys and a lot of fun to have on the team. They both have great personalities, and we will sure miss them," Whealdon said.

Freshman Mark Wirkkala shot a 108 and has shown a great deal of improvement, as his effort at District proves. Ridgefield's Cole Alfred shot a 150 to win the tournament title.

"We will play a couple of matches this spring in Astoria and Seaside," Whealdon went on to say. "The key to doing well in District is being able to handle the pressure of tournament golf. The more our kids play in tournaments in the summer, the better we will be."

Ilwaco was 2-6 in dual matches this season and had a two cancelled when the meningitis outbreak occurred.

Ilwaco ends season with loss in MonteMONTESANO - Ilwaco was defeated in their final dual match of the season at Montesano 176-186 even though Peter Gaynor was again the medalist for the match.

The Fishermen sophomore shot a 37. Ryan Gray played an excellent round, shooting 44. Nick King carded a 51 and Derek Yasunaka toured the course in 54 strokes to round out the Ilwaco scoring. Michael Lambert fired a 60. The Fishermen ended their dual season with a 2-6 record.

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