Kukula 1st, IHS 2nd at Wahkiakum golf meet

Ilwaco eighth grader Blake Kukula took first place in a three-team golf tourney in Cathlamet.

CATHLAMET — Ilwaco’s golf team took second at a nine-hole, three team boys’ tournament at Skyline golf course on March 31. Host school Wahkiakum won with a score of 197, three strokes better than Ilwaco. Adna had a score of 213.

Ilwaco’s Blake Kukula overcame a rough start to shoot a 42, good for first place. He shot a seven on hole one for a triple bogey. Kukula recovered on hole two and sank a ten foot putt for a birdie, but a bad tee shot on hole three led to another triple-bogey. Kukula birdied the next two holes to get back into contention. On hole nine, Kukula hit an excellent fairway shot to the green within about 15 feet of the hole. He two-putted to score a four on the hole and clinch victory.

Tenyson Ramsey, Ethan Bannister and Marcelo Lazaro all shot in the low 50s at the hilly course, keeping Ilwaco in contention. It was the first time scoring in that range for Lazaro, a first year golfer, who beat his personal best by 11 with a 54. He said his work on chipping has paid off. “I didn’t overchip… and I got my hybrid to go straight.”

Ilwaco’s girls played an exhibition round. Aslyn Fisher shot a 46, her best score of the year. She parred hole 3, a short hole with a steep dropoff followed by a steep incline, with a tree in the way of the tee shot. Fisher avoided trouble entirely, hitting her tee shot across the valley to the green, and two-putted. On the 190 yard par 3 five hole, she made a putt from the edge of the green to shoot a two, her first birdie of the year. After the round she said she could have saved still more strokes had she managed the par 5 holes better.

The Fishermen’s performance at Skyline was an improvement over their outing on Monday, March 28 at the Golf Club at Hawks Prairie in Lacey. There Kukula shot a 46, tying for first with Life Christian’s Matthew Lee, and Fisher shot a solid 48 in exhibition play. Bannister shot a 58 and Ramsey a 60, high scores by their standards. The rapidly improving Lazaro shot a 65 in Lacey, his personal best until he shattered the mark at Wahkiakum.

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