OCEAN PARK - Northwest winds blowing at 25 knots lowered scores, but didn't keep Ilwaco from defeating Astoria 43-36 (Stableford scoring) in the battle of Lady Fishermen at Surfside Golf Course Thursday. Coach Jeff Lewis likened the match to "one of those football games played in the mud and the rain that ends up 6-3 and all the teams do is score field goals."
Kylie Lewis was far and away the medalist for the match, firing a round of 46 and earning 26 Stableford points to anchor the Lady Fishermen. Coach Lewis praised, "Kylie's experience paid off. She played conservatively in the extremely windy conditions and she avoided any really high scores on any one hole."
With the wind chill factor putting temperatures in the low 30s, Jessica Ziemer still managed to come with a round of 66 and earned 10 Stableford points and Jenna Lee carded a 77 and scored four points. Hailee Henington shot a round of 86 and earned two points and Katie McDonnell added one point after playing "triple-bogey pickup."
Amy Vinson (61) and Lauren Ploghoff (63) both scored 11 Stableford points, Riley Van Horn scored seven points, Jasmine Blair added four and Kendra Scheel tallied three Stableford points for Astoria. "Our girls hung in there for a close win," Coach Lewis said. "It's always nice to win a home dual match, especially against a school that is larger than we are."
The victory was Ilwaco's first dual win of the season after they finished second in a three-way match last week.