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The Wahkiakum Mule golf team finished fourth in the SW District Tournament last week. Front, l-r, Valente Guitron 9th grade, Tyler Jackson 10th, Rhett Harrison 9th, Kaleo Silva 8th, Logan LaBerge 8th, and Heidi Bruntmeyer 9th, and back, l-r, Zach Johnston 10th, Mike Martin 10th, Elijah Doiron 9th, Isaac Moon 9th, Robert Will 10th, Joseph Savelio 9th, Bryce Good 11th, and Coach Nick Vavoudis. Photo courtesy of Nick Vavoudis.

The Wahkiakum High School Mules golf team competed at the 2017 District Golf Championship and State Qualifier at Three Rivers Golf Course on May 17 and 18. Thirty-two players from eight High Schools competed on day one, vying for one of the 18 spots available to play on day two. Wahkiakum, Ilwaco, Life Christian Academy and North Beach were the four schools that qualified four players to move on day two with a chance to go to state.

WHS freshman Tyler St. Onge shot 90 for the first 18 holes and led the Mules, tying for ninth place after day one. Also making the cut were sophomore Zach Johnston, 93, eighth grader Logan LaBerge, 96, and junior Bryce Good, 97.

Missing the cut were freshmen Elijah Doiron, 105, and Isaac Moon, who withdrew.

Ilwaco Freshman Blake Kukula, last year's state runner-up, led the field on day one with a 73.

Day two was a disappointment for the young Mules squad. Tyler had his A game going, striking from tee to green, but could not capitalize with his putter as much as he'd like. Improving five strokes from the first day while shooting 85 for a two day total of 175, he came up one stroke short of going to state as the nine player cut off was 174. Disappointed but happy he played well; the freshman said he plans to spend more time this summer and fall playing golf.

The rest of the team finished far back of Tyler. Logan and Bryce shot 196 two day totals while Zach shot 210.

Ilwaco's Kukula shot 76 on day two to win medalist honors with a 149, beating Kalama's runner-up Hayden Johnson by seven strokes.

In the team standings, Ilwaco won the title with 70 points. Life Christian was second with 56, North Beach was third with 38.5 and Wahkiakum was fourth with 28. None of the other five teams in the district had more than one player qualify for day two, so they were ineligible for team points.

The Mules golf team has a promising future after finishing the season with 14 players which included eight freshmen and two eighth graders. We are in a rebuilding mode and hope to improve on a program that has sent a Mule to the state tournament in 10 of the last 11 years. See you at Skyline Golf Camp this summer.

 

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