Young’s best not enough to lift Spartans over Wolves

April 20, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School No. 1 golfer Ashley Young birdied the par-three eighth hole — Sahalee’s signature hole which lies on the difficult north-nine course.

Young sunk a 15-foot downhill putt from the edge of the green, just in front of a bunker.

“I saw it (cut) and said, ‘That’s going in,’” Young said as she tallied her score. “It definitely boosts my confidence a lot.”

The shot was the highlight of the day for Skyline and it helped Young finish with a 44 — tied for her best this season. But it wasn’t enough to lift the Spartans. Eastlake improved to 4-0 on the season after winning 242-275 April 13 at Sahalee Country Club.

“It wasn’t the best showing for us, but sometimes that happens in golf,” said Skyline coach Betsy Gaines.

Ashley Young, Skyline senior, hits to the flag on the 111-yard, par-3 third hole during play against Liberty at the Plateau Club. By Greg Farrar

Eastlake junior Dana Mydland, the team’s No. 3 golfer, topped the match scoreboard with a 42-stroke through nine holes (par-36) on the soggy spring day. The rain subsided and the sun came out just before tee time. Senior Emmie Schwartz followed, tying Young with a 44.

“I thought I played really well today,” Schwartz said.

She hit par on two holes, and despite playing alongside a confident Young, she had to stay focused on her own game. You can’t get distracted, because your opponent is not thinking about you either, she said.

“They’re just there to play their game,” Schwartz said.

One of the challenges Sahalee North poses for young golfers is the varying terrain and blind curves, Young said.

“A lot of tee shots are kind of blind drives,” she said.

As Skyline was a relatively inexperienced team playing a challenging course like Sahalee, Gaines said she was pleased with Young’s strong showing.

“She played great,” Gaines said. “It’s a hard course. She’d never played it before.”

Eastlake No.1 golfer Megan Wotherspon, a sophomore, scored a 51 and freshman Sophie Palenscar hit a 52 to take the team’s fourth scoring spot. Junior Tera Stenhouse and senior Kenzie Carlson tied with 53 strokes each to round out the top-five scores.

Skyline’s No. 3 player, Emily Baldwin finished with a 51, Layla Hiramoto hit a 59 and Melanie Busch and Amanda Caesar finished with 61 strokes each.

Eastlake remains in the hunt for the top spot in the 4A KingCo Conference, but will face stiff competition against Newport and perennial powerhouse Redmond, said Eastlake coach Pat Bangasser.

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

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