Liberty golfers take down Juanita

May 3, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

The Liberty High School girls golf team took down the Juanita Rebels, 148-170, during its final home match of the year at Maplewood Golf Course April 27.

Alex DuVall, Liberty High School junior, hits her golf ball and some rain water toward the green of the par-4, 285-yard ninth hole April 27. By Greg Farrar

However, the match — which marked Liberty’s senior night — was cut short after pounding rain and swirling winds caused one golfer to lose hold of her club midswing and throw it 30 feet, nearly into a water hazard.

Scores were only recorded through six holes instead of the standard nine.

Liberty junior Alex DuVall and senior Molly Culwell led the way for the Patriots, recording scores of 28 and 29, respectively, on the par-23 six holes. Both were in the first group to take to the course; it was the only group able to complete all nine holes. Had all nine holes been recorded, DuVall would have shot a 45 on the par-36, and Culwell would have shot a 47.

“That might have tied Alex’s personal best, and it would have been Molly’s personal best. Their drives were straight, long,” Liberty head coach Michelle Warlick said. “I can’t imagine what people are going to think when they see these scores posted.”

Culwell said the rain, which picked up during the final holes, didn’t affect her play much. She said she just worked to keep her clubs dry.

“I played the best I’ve played in a long time,” she said. “Probably my best score this season.”

Culwell scored par on the first and sixth holes.

DuVall used raingear and hand warmers to stay warm and dry. She scored par on the second hole and knocked down a birdie on the sixth hole.

“It went really well despite the rain,” DuVall said.

Rounding out Liberty’s top scorers were junior Krysta Dawson, who shot a 30; junior Kirsten Solders, who also shot a 30; and senior Rachel Werner, who shot a 31.

“I thought they played well,” Warlick said.

The only golfer from Juanita who was able to compete with Liberty’s top golfers was Jessica Latousek, who shot a 29.

After the match, the team gathered near a fireplace in the clubhouse for cookies, warm beverages and congratulations from Warlick. For the team’s seven seniors, it was the last time they would play Maplewood as Patriots.

With the win, Liberty continued its dominating season, which is only marred with a loss to Mercer Island High School. The team finished its season with a road match against Lake Washington High School May 3, after The Issaquah Press’ deadline.

Tim Pfarr: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcas@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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