Eastlake golfers defeat Skyline, remain unbeaten

October 4, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Brian Mogg, Skyline High School sophomore golfer, deals with a tough approach shot from the rough on the fifth hole of The Plateau Club’s back nine Sept. 27. He was the match medalist with an even-par 36. By Christopher Huber

Brian Mogg always finds a way to get even. On the golf course, that is.

At the Sept. 27 cross-town match against the undefeated Eastlake Wolves, Skyline’s No. 1 golfer birdied the ninth hole for the third straight time to bring his score to 36.

“I really wanted to get even,” said Mogg, a standout sophomore who has won and placed in the top 10 in numerous regional youth tournaments. “I just try so much harder.”

While Mogg was the medalist at The Plateau Club after shooting an even 36 on the back nine, Eastlake pulled off another win to go 8-0 on the season. Despite No. 1 Li Wang tallying a 45, the Wolves managed to out-stroke Skyline 200-212.

Eastlake relied on low scores from sophomore Spencer Weiss and No. 10 golfer, freshman Colby Stirrat, both of whom scored a 3-over 39. They were the only other two to finish under 40.

Skyline was unable to place anyone else in the top five, as Eastlake’s Will Sharp compiled a 40-stroke performance and RP McCoy, Jack Fisher and Paul Russo all put up a 5-over 41.

Mogg kept things balanced from the beginning. He alternated pars and bogeys on the first four holes and then managed one par, one more bogey and three birdies on the final five holes, he said. Acknowledging he had struggled a bit in the past few matches, Mogg seemed quite happy with his putting and consistent driving Sept. 27.

“I was just trying to put it in play today,” he said.

One of his best putts of the day happened on the seventh green. He sunk a 35-footer for par.

For Skyline, Ryan Parks scored a 6-over 42, freshman No. 2 golfer Kelly Sullivan finished with a 43 and Austin Nutt scored a 44.

Spartans edge Woodinville

Skyline posted its biggest victory of the KingCo 4A season Sept. 29 when the Spartans edged Woodinville, 192-193, at the Echo Falls Golf Course.

Skyline’s Mogg and Kyle Lindor, of Woodinville, each shot 36s to tie for the medalist honor. Parks shot a 37 and Erik Cho had a 38 for the Spartans.

Eastlake downs Issaquah

Russo shot a 2-under-par 34 Sept. 30 as he led Eastlake past Issaquah, 175-186, at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course. Sharp shot a 1-under-par 35 for the Wolves, and Weiss and Wang each had par 36s.

Taylor Swingle had a par 36 to lead Issaquah. Aaron Tham and Brian Batt each added 37s.

On Sept. 26, Issaquah topped Bothell, 192-202, at Snoqualmie Falls. Weston Mui and Sid Raman shared medalist honors for Issaquah as each shot 37s.

Patriots fall to Sammamish

In KingCo Conference 3A/2A action, Liberty fell to Sammamish, 188-202, Sept. 29 at the Bellevue Municipal Golf Course. Dylan Holt led Liberty with a 38.

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

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