ASTORIA - Mike Lambert finished 10th overall at the Astoria Invitational golf meet and his Fishermen mates were sixth among seven top-flight teams Monday. The Invite used the Stapleford scoring method where an eagle is worth eight points, birdie five, par is worth three, and a bogey gives the golfer two points. No points are given on double-bogey's.
"Mike was a bright spot for us today," Coach Dan Whealdon said of the junior. "He missed a bunch of short puts that would have put him very close to the top. Mike played well considering the adverse weather. It blew hard all day and Astoria's course is a difficult one."
Lambert scored 41 points and Peter Gaynor carded 28 for Ilwaco. Whealdon said of Gaynor, "Peter had a rough day, but that's golf. The season is early and he will have another chance against the Oregon kids in Seaside in April at their Invitational."
Life Christian, the defending 1A Washington State champion, won the event and had the top two golfers, both with scores in the 50's. Both Seaside and Astoria's top golfers also played well, scoring in the high 40's in the very competitive tournament.
Derek Yasunaka scored 16, Casey Marsh 14, Matt Lessnau eight, and Mark Wirkkala nine points to round out Ilwaco team's total of 99, using the top four golfer's scores. Life won the Invitational with 188 points, Seaside was second with 172, and Astoria amassed 146 points to place third. Tillamook with 122 and Scappoose with 107 also finished ahead of the Fishermen.
The golf match against North Beach was cancelled on Thursday due to poor course conditions at Ocean Shores, according to Whealdon.
The Surfside Golf Course was unplayable do to inclement weather and the Ilwaco boys and girls matches against Willapa Harbor were cancelled.