SURFSIDE — “I thought for sure it was going in. I used my 8-iron for my tee shot on hole number 8 and my drive went straight to the flag, but my shot ended up a foot short of making my first hole-in-one ever,” Brenden Weidner said. He tapped in for a birdie on the way to firing a 51, tying his best round of the year at Surfside Golf Course in the final Trico 1A golf match of the season Oct. 8.

Kenneth Sheldon shot a 39, Taylor Schisler came around in 41 and Zac Tapio carded a 44 as the Fishermen dethroned King’s Way Christian 175-187. Jack Knutzen shot an 80 and Cody Jahraus a 62.

Sheldon was stellar in seven of nine holes, firing pars in each, but then a bogey and double-bogey raised his score. “I am working on my irons to get ready for district. We will practice at Tumwater Valley Country Club on Thursday. I have played that course several times in the past, but it will be good to be able to practice there before playing on it for district (Oct. 14 and 15),” Sheldon related.

“I drove and chipped decently. My drive on number 8 was my closest to a hole-in-one ever. Now I need to putt better. I have never played at Tumwater, so I’m looking forward to playing 18 holes there to practice for district,” Weidner said.

Tapio tapped one putt in for par and then had eight bogeys against King’s Way. “My drives and approach shots have been fine, but my putting killed me again today. I have played at Tumwater a couple of times a few years ago and it didn’t seem like it was too difficult of a course. If I can just shoot 44 on the front nine and keep my head down and stay focused on the back nine both days of district and keep shooting 44’s I should make it to state with a 176,” Tapio stated.

“I was shooting a pretty good round until my last couple of holes. I had several birdie opportunities, but missed my putts. I know the course at Tumwater and I know it is a course where you can shoot a good score. I still need to work on my approach shots from 100-yards in and I can always use more work on my putting,” Schisler explained.

“Our kids obviously shot well as Zac and Brenden tied their best scores ever. Kenneth was scrambling on every hole. His approach wasn’t so good, but he was excellent in getting up and down near the greens. Taylor struggled with his putting, but he is capable of a break-out match at district, as is Zac. He was long on a three-foot putt for a birdie, missed the next putt and ended up with a bogey. His tempo is good, but his pace on putting needs work,” coach Dave Hansen explained.

“Playing at home in a match that doesn’t mean that much is one thing, but I’m confident our guys will perform better at district. With a week more of practice and more concentration we should be ready to compete well at district,” Hansen predicted.

For the season, Sheldon averaged 40.2, Schisler 41.9, Tapio 47.1 and Weidner 54.3 in league and tournament play. Will Price averaged a 67, Jahraus 70 and Knutzen 81 for the year and all three improved a great deal in their first season on the courses. The Fishermen were unofficially 6-2-1 in the Trico League in 2013. Ilwaco has won the last seven District IV titles in a row, but Woodland appears to be in the driver’s seat this year.

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