Issaquah golfers knock off Liberty

October 7, 2008

By Derek Johnson

Kevin Moon, of Issaquah, hits a drive on his par-4, 309-yard 8th hole tee shot that helps him birdie the hole and finish in a tie of 36 with teammate Derek Wilson , in the Eagles’ 24-stroke team victory over Liberty. By Greg Farrar

Kevin Moon, of Issaquah, hits a drive on his par-4, 309-yard 8th hole tee shot that helps him birdie the hole and finish in a tie of 36 with teammate Derek Wilson , in the Eagles’ 24-stroke team victory over Liberty. By Greg Farrar

 

On one of the last beautiful weather days of the year, local prep golfers took to the links Oct. 1 at the Maplewood Golf Course in Renton. Led by the even par performances of Kevin Moon and Derek Wilson, Issaquah defeated Liberty by 24 strokes (189-213).  “My putting was a little off,” Moon said. “I was one over going into the eighth hole, and I knew I needed to birdie one of the last two holes to remain at even par.  I was able to do it, and I felt good about it.”

Issaquah coach Tom Bakamus said he was pleased with Moon’s overall game. 

“Kevin’s strength is his consistency,” he said. “He has a good putter and he loves competition.”

The win lifted Issaquah to a 5-1 record, while Liberty dropped to 0-7. 

Liberty’s Andrew Pittman led the Patriots by shooting a one over par 37.

“I didn’t hit a lot of greens in regulation,” Pittman said. “Overall, things went well. I had just one bad hole, the fourth hole. I hit an errant tee shot and had to punch out (from the rough). I ended up bogeying.”

Issaquah’s Ryan Mix and Brendan Jung chimed in with quality scores of 39 and 40, respectively. Highlights included smooth forms off the tee by Issaquah’s Christopher Batt and Benjamin Halter. On the third hole, Liberty’s Troy Colyer extracted himself nicely from a sand trap, with a pitch shot that floated in a graceful arc onto the green and rolled gently next to the pin.

Going forward this season, both coaches are emphasizing their short games. 

“Our players see the big guns on TV,” Bakamus said, referring to the likes of Tiger Woods. “Then, they get out to the driving range and they want to try to hit the ball as far as they can. I emphasize to them the need to work on their short games. If we do that, we’re going to be OK.”  

Liberty coach Jon Kinsley gave similar thoughts.  

“In order to compete with teams at Issaquah’s level, we have to improve our short game,” he said. “We’re lacking in that area. Sometimes, when we go to (practice), I tell the kids to leave their drivers in the bag.

“We’re a young team,” he added. “We have kids that can shoot good scores, but they lack consistency. It will come with time and maturity. The hardest thing for kids, or for everyone in life, is being able to let go of what just happened, like with a bad shot, and move forward.”

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