Skyline battles the elements, beats Woodinville on the links

March 26, 2013

By Lillian O’Rorke Brya Vowels, Skyline High School senior, puts on to the green of hole No. 5 March 19 at The Plateau Club golf course.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Brya Vowels, Skyline High School senior, puts on to the green of hole No. 5 March 19 at The Plateau Club golf course.

As the wind and rain swept over the front nine holes of The Plateau Club March 19, the Skyline High School girls golf team carried on until it had Woodinville beaten 286-313.

“They are not complaining with this horrible weather,” said Michael Fleming, the girls’ new head coach.

Fleming also coaches the boys team in the fall and said he has been pleasantly surprised by the girls.

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Young Patriots team prepares for season

March 19, 2013

The sky was filled with ominous-looking gray clouds at the Maplewood Golf Course on March 14. The air had a decided chill to it, but the greens remained dry through most of the Liberty High School girls golf team’s practice jamboree against conference foes Mount Si, Interlake and Mercer Island.

Liberty captain Brandi Petryk, clad in a short-sleeved, neon green polo shirt, did not mind the gloomy weather at all.

By Greg Farrar Taylor Woo, Liberty High School sophomore, hits a shot to the ninth-hole green after taking a penalty for landing in the tall grass beside a water hazard.

By Greg Farrar
Taylor Woo, Liberty High School sophomore, hits a shot to the ninth-hole green after taking a penalty for landing in the tall grass beside a water hazard.

“I love today’s weather,” she said.”There’s no sun shining in your eyes, or rain. It’s perfect golfing weather.”

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Issaquah freshman golfer Zack Overstreet nets silver medal

October 23, 2012

A handful of local golfers from Skyline and Issaquah high schools played a lot of golf in a relatively short span last week, but were rewarded for their endeavors when they showed up among the top 10 finishers of the Sea-King 4A District golf championships Oct. 16 and 17 at Willows Run Golf Course in Redmond.

The most consistent local to burn up the links was Issaquah freshman Zack Overstreet, who in the qualifying rounds Oct. 16 carded 36s on the front and back nine (72), which is par for 18 holes at Willows.

The next day, which proved a bit more playable weather-wise, the exceptional frosh newcomer to the tournament again played well for the Eagles. He outdid his earlier par score, by managing four birdies to fire a 68 and finished districts two strokes off the frontrunner, Eastlake’s Li Wang’s 138, with a two-day bottom line of 140 for 72 holes, winding up as the tourney’s silver medalist.

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Skyline alumnus wins Bellingham Amateur golf tournament

September 11, 2012

After a weekend on the links at Lake Padden golf course, Jake Webb, a 2008 graduate of Skyline High School, took first place at the Bellingham Amateur golf tournament.

Webb, a redshirt senior for the team at Western Washington University, was the only golfer out of the tournament’s 33 Division I players to play all three rounds under par. The first day out, he shot a 70 and improved that score by one stroke the following day with a 69. Webb finished the final round Sept. 3 at 71 to bring his tournament total to 210.

This was not the first time he shot a 210 at the Bellingham Amateur. Last year, Webb ended with the same total. However, it was still one stroke behind the lead and he went home in second place. But this time around, he secured the victory with a four-stroke lead over fellow Western Washington player and second-place finisher Craig Crawford.

Freshman Zachary Overstreet leads Eagles with third at state

July 31, 2012

Zach Overstreet (right), 15, of Issaquah High School, watches his golf ball on the first hole July 25 during the first round of the WJGA District 2 championship at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent. Taylor Swingle (left), 15, of Issaquah High School, follows through on his tee shot on the first hole. By Greg Farrar

Going into the final round July 27 of the Washington Junior Golf Association, Zachary Overstreet was leading the 14-15 boys division by two strokes.

This was the Issaquah High School freshman’s fourth appearance at state but the first time he made it out of the second-day elimination round.

“Going into the third day was an accomplishment itself,” he said. “But being the leader the third day was shocking and exciting at the same time. It felt really good.”

Out of the gate July 25 at Meridian Valley Country Club in Kent, Overstreet was pulling ahead with a birdie on the third hole. Having finished the first nine with three bogies he was able to make up for it by birdying holes No. 15-17 and finish the round in first place at 72 strokes.

When he finished the second round July 26 at Renton’s Fairwood Golf and Country Club he still had a tight grasp on the lead after shooting 75. Even though Overstreet still has not tried out for his new school’s team, he was walking both courses with an Issaquah Eagles golf bag.

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

July 27, 2012

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.”

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Golf tournament honors memory, raises funds to fight prostate cancer

July 17, 2012

A memorial golf tournament has been scheduled for Aug. 3 to honor Rodger Arndt.

Arndt grew up in Issaquah and after taking over his father’s residential window washing business, continued to service many Issaquah residents after moving to Bellevue.

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Brian Mogg wins Bellevue Classic

June 26, 2012

Skyline High School’s Brian Mogg was not only one of the youngest players at the Bellevue Classic but he also proved he was one of the best.

With a score of even par 142 June 10, he became the second high school student in the tournament’s 40-plus-year history to win the Classic.

Mogg bested first-round leader Sean Packer by three strokes to win $300 in prize money. He now joins the likes of Fred Couples, PGA contender and former winner of the Bellevue Classic.

A rising junior at Skyline, this was Mogg’s first nonjunior tournament.

Issaquah High School golfers stand with Mersadie Tallman at state

May 29, 2012

For Mersadie Tallman, going to state isn’t just about representing the Issaquah High School Eagles; it’s also about representing the Tallmans.

Her older sister Brittany, who is currently playing for the University of Washington, won the 3A state championship in 2005 and 2007.

Now that Issaquah has moved to 4A, the competition has risen.

“Mersadie did pretty well,” Issaquah head coach Tom Bakamus said. “She followed in her sister’s footsteps, which is pretty tough. She probably had a lot of pressure to live up to that.”

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Issaquah High School golfers on par to raise awareness of rare disease

May 22, 2012

Calvin sits with his mom Trisha Bertsch after the Cheryl’s Garden Angels finished their gift basket project. By Krista Mui

It was last fall when Issaquah High School student Weston Mui first met his neighbor Calvin Bertsch, a 4-year-old who has mitochondrial disease.

The illness results from mitochondria failure and delays development growth, and can cause strokes, seizures, heart and kidney problems, and immune- system failures among children.

Inspired to raise support and awareness for the disease, Mui and his longtime friend Bryan Jung, also an IHS student, collaborated to organize a golf tournament to benefit the Northwest Mitochondrial Research Guild. It was a natural for the two teens, who play on the high school’s varsity golf team.

The tournament is at 1 p.m. June 2 at the Willows Run Par 3 Course in Redmond. A full 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the guild.

“Bryan and I wanted to combine our passion of golf with our desire to help Calvin and other children with this disease,” Mui said. “We hope to help raise awareness about it to raise funds for mitochondrial research.”

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