Issaquah, Skyline high school golfers hit the links for WJGA Districts

July 27, 2012

By Matt Carstens

NEW — 7:30 a.m. July 27, 2012

Dozens of local area golfers hit Sahalee July 16 and 17 for the Washington Junior Golf Association District Two tournament.

Among them, Skyline High School standout Brian Mogg shot a two-day total of 149, good for third place in the boy’s age 16-17 division.

“It went pretty good until the last five holes,” Mogg said. “I bogeyed four of the last five holes, but other than that I did pretty good.”

Mogg’s coach at Skyline, Michael Fleming, loves the WJGA and what it’s done for his golfers.

“It’s a huge positive,” Fleming said. “In fact, I have more kids than ever partially inspired by Brian. He’s played a whole slate of these obviously since he was a kid.”

Ever since Mogg stepped on the Skyline campus as a freshman, Fleming was amazed at his poise and prowess on the golf course.

“Even coming in as a freshman to the toughest golf league in the state, he never flinched,” Fleming said. “He’s played in enough tournaments where our league matches are just another golf outing. He’s become unflappable because of that. It’s made him mentally tough.”

To Mogg, the WJGA is all about staying sharp throughout the summer and to hone his craft.

“The WJGA is more about the summer and an individual thing,” Mogg said. “So it’s just nice because you get a bunch of tournaments and then you get to play in districts and the big one’s the state tournament.”

The WJGA is filled with the top KingCo golfers and leads them to great opportunities beyond Washington state.

“When it comes to Brian and all the other kids that play WGJA, number one they know all the other competitors the rest of the season,” Fleming said. “All the top guys in KingCo are all WJGA guys. Also for Brian it’s led to other opportunities around the country in terms of some pretty cool things because of the connections he’s made through these kinds of tournaments.”

According to Fleming, since the high school fall season is so short due to inclement weather, the WJGA provides a real opportunity for kids to improve and evolve as competitors.

“Our season is so short in the fall. If kids are going to get better they don’t get better during the season necessarily, but they get better all year long in these tournaments,” Fleming said. “It’s really nice to see golf take care of it’s young future.”

Along with Mogg, Kelley Sullivan, from Skyline, competed in the boy’s 14-15 division, finishing tied for fourth place with a score of 161. Both qualified for the state tournament July 25.

From Eastlake High School, in the girls age 16-17 division, Jamie Midkiff finished in second place with a score of 163. In the age 12-13 division, Ashley Fitzgibbons took home first place with a 165 and Maddie Nelson earned third place with a 176. All three girls qualified for state.

On the Eastlake boys side, in the 16-17 division, Spencer Weiss finished second with a score of 147 and Paul Russo shot a 169. In the age 14-15 division, RP McCoy shot a 167 and Colby Stirrat shot a 174. McCoy and Weiss qualified for state and Russo earned second alternate.

Issaquah High School had one girl, Mersadie Tallman, who competed in the age 14-15 division, shot a 170 and qualified for state.

For the Issaquah boys, Brian Jung shot a 184 in the age 16-17 division and Taylor Swingle shot a 164 in the age 14-15 division. Swingle qualified for state.

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