Eagles look to excel against 4A teams
September 19, 2008
Patriots rebuilding, Spartans reloading
By Derek Johnson, Jim Feehan and Christopher Huber
“I think we’re going to be pretty good this year,” said Issaquah High School golf coach Tom Bakamus. “Even in moving up to 4A. We finished fourth in KingCo last year, and sent four to district and one to state. Our best player and captain is Kevin Moon. He’s an outstanding golfer. We have one senior in Cameron Danforth, and then just a slug of juniors from whom we should see some good things.
“The one big difference in moving to 4A will be that our kids will be able to play at some private golf courses, like Bear Creek and Inglewood,” he said. “Private courses are often in much better condition than public courses.”
Bakamus is also the women’s golf coach, which plays its games in spring.
“The boys definitely have it better than the girls,” said Bakamus with a chuckle. “They get to play in far better weather in the fall. In the spring months, the weather is terrible. The girls have to play in sweatshirts and rain jackets — they are always getting wet.”
Andrew Pittman will be the only golfer with extensive varsity experience from a squad that saw four seniors graduate last year, said Coach Jon Kinsley, entering his third year at Liberty High School.
Six newcomers will join Pittman, a senior, this fall. Juniors Wright Noel, Robbie Gage, Troy Colyer, Connor Sjolander, Nick Stevens and Sean Pittman, Andrew’s younger brother, will make up the nucleus of the team.
“We’re deeper than we’ve ever been in my three years here,” Kinsley said. “We have an eager, more competitive group of golfers this year.”
Kinsley said he expected Mount Si and Issaquah to be among the top teams in the KingCo conference.
“We find out real quick how good we are when we go up against Mount Si,” he said.
At their Sept. 10 matchup at the Mount Si Golf Club, Mount Si won handily, 179-219.
The Skyline High School boys golf team is coming off a respectable 6-2 record in 2007. The team finished fourth in Class 3A KingCo after a couple of tough tiebreaker matches. Last year was highlighted with a win over Mercer Island, which gave the Islanders their first loss in two years.
But this year, the guys will try their hand against some new opponents and new courses as they move up to the Crest division of KingCo 4A.
Skyline golfers look to the only two seniors Nick Tran (captain) and Ben Griffin to provide strong leadership on the course, as it remains to be seen which schools are the major power brokers in the league.
Matches to watch this season are: Skyline vs. Redmond at Bear Creek, 3 p.m. Sept. 25; Skyline vs. Eastlake at Plateau, 3 p.m. Sept. 30; and Skyline vs. Mount Si, at Plateau, 3 p.m. Oct. 8.