Eagles eye state birth

October 15, 2013

By David Hayes

The Issaquah High School boys golf team finished the season securely in third place, behind rivals Skyline and Eastlake, at 6-3.

Coach Tom Bakamus said that although the final match of the regular season against Bothell didn’t affect the team’s league standing in either direction, it was still a disappointing loss. The Eagles’ only other two losses came against league powerhouses first-place Spartans and second-place Wolves.

“We probably shouldn’t have lost against Bothell,” Bakamus said. “They’ve only got two wins this year. But they had one kid who shot a career round.”

The Eagles have been winning league tournaments behind consistent play of sophomore Zach Overstreet. Bakamus said Overstreet is their only returning player from state last year. But he likes Overstreet’s chances going into the KingCo tourney Oct. 16-17.

“He’s a lot better tourney player than in league,” Bakamus said.

The Eagles will send their top six golfers to the league tourney. Bakamus said, in addition to Overstreet, he likes the chances of senior Tayler Swingle, who made it to state two years ago, and Sid Raman, who was just recently named outstanding freshman.

To get to state, the team must navigate the field at the league tourney, survive the cut of half the players who move on to district Oct. 22-23 and finally be in the top 13 there to qualify to state finals.

Bakamus said he remains optimistic about their chances because from this point on, there is no more home-course advantage.

“The benefits of this league is during the regular season, we’re always at someone else’s home course,” he said. “But come tourney time, we’re all on an even keel.”

This year’s league tourney takes place at a neutral site in Snohomish.

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