Wolves hold off Eagles in boys golf matchup

September 15, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Li Wang watches his shot on the eighth hole of Sahalee East. He finished with a 39. By Greg Farrar

Li Wang watches his shot on the eighth hole of Sahalee East. He finished with a 39. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah High School golfer Kevin Moon knew his chances of beating Eastlake’s Li Wang were good after he birdied the par-5 fourth hole on Sahalee Country Club’s East 9 Sept. 10.

Moon, a senior, nailed his second shot from the fairway to within one inch of the pin and finished the hole ahead of Wang by a shot. He sank a 25-foot putt for birdie on the next hole. And from then on, he showed command with his irons and finished with a 38.

“I knew if I pared out I’d be fine,” Moon said. “I was hitting my irons pretty well, consistent. I putted pretty well.”

But despite Moon’s medalist performance, the host Eastlake Wolves prevailed 216-220 over the Issaquah Eagles.

“It’s pretty challenging, pretty tight, narrow fairways,” said Moon, who had only played Sahalee East twice prior to the match. “You’ve really got to be accurate every time.”

Eastlake’s Li Wang shot a 39 on the par-36 course.As the players finished the ninth hole and reported their scores to the coaches, it became apparent to Issaquah assistant coach Dave Doty that Eastlake would take the match. The Wolves had a deeper lineup of low-scoring golfers this time.

“Close match, beautiful day. Wish we could’ve done it,” he said. “Eastlake kind of pulled away at the end there.”

Issaquah’s No. 2, Brandon Jung, finished behind Moon with a 45 and Chris Batt had a 43. Derek Wilson hit a 47, as did the Eagles’ No. 7 golfer Nick Brothers.

Eastlake’s Chris Kobak came in after Wang with a 41-stroke finish, Evan Alston shot a 43 and No. 2 golfer Jack Strickland took a 46. Chase Stites, Edison Dumire and Pierce Warren each finished with a 47.

Eastlake’s Stites made team history in practice Sept. 8 when he achieved an “albatross.” The feat, which many golfers view as practically impossible, happened when Stites hit the ball in two strokes on the par-5 No. 1 hole on the East 9 course.

“They didn’t believe me,” he said.

From 212 yards out, he said he drove the ball 12 yards past the hole. It hit a hill and rolled back into the hole for a 3-under par.

Eastlake plays Mount Si at 3 p.m. Sept. 16 at Mount Si Golf Course.

Spartans text coach

Skyline High School boys golf coach Mike Fleming received so many text-messages from his players over summer he decided to get an unlimited text-messaging package for his cell phone.

As many of the boys, including A.J. Taylor and Jordan Windsor, spent much of the summer on the course for junior league competitions, they texted Fleming with updates on how they were doing and came to like that mode of communication, he said.

The boys return after an unfortunate loss penalty to Mount Si that ended the 2008 season prematurely.

Along with Windsor and Taylor, sophomore Darius Lalier, junior Nathan Stephenson and senior Cole Clearman look to hold their own against cross-town rival Eastlake in 2009.

Newcomers Jack Quinton and Caleb Clearman will join them on the team.

An area of focus, Fleming said, will be the details of each player’s mental game, including being more meticulous with their scorekeeping. A few mental errors in 2008 cost the team crucial points.

Skyline dropped its season-opener to Interlake 208-215 Sept. 9 at the Plateau Golf Club. Stephenson led the Spartans with a 40.

Liberty drops two

Liberty High School opened its season last week with two losses.

The Patriots lost to Juanita 192-214 at the Wayne Golf Course. Harrison Diemert was Liberty’s top scorer with a 41.

Liberty fell to Garfield 209-218 Sept. 9 at the Maplewood Golf Course. Diemert again paced the Patriots with a 41. Sean Pitman had a 43, Alex Faulkner and Alex Hopper had 44s, and Chris Han scored a 45.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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