July 23, 2013
When the physical education teachers working with the greater Seattle chapter of First Tee interact with kids, they are not just handing off golf clubs and sports advice. They dole out life lessons, too, on par with situations that youths encounter in life.
The nationwide First Tee School Golf Program meshes golf and character lessons in the classroom. Since its introduction to the Issaquah School District this past year, it has become a hit in local schools. Fifteen of the district’s physical education teachers participate in the school program, teaching students the First Tee curriculum in a monthlong rotation.
The pioneer behind the program coming to Issaquah schools was Kris Coleman, the physical education specialist at Creekside Elementary School. He first heard about it at a P.E. conference a couple of years ago, and introduced the idea of writing a grant request in one of his monthly meetings with other P.E. teachers in the district.
May 28, 2013
The Skyline High School boys golf team placed third at the 4A state golf championships May 21 and 22.
The team came in third 65.5 team points. Its leader, Brian Mogg, also took third, shooting 149.
Finishing the first round with a pair of birdies and coming back to birdie three of the four final holes on the second day, Skyline’s Kelley Sullivan ended in a six-way tie for 12th place with 154 strokes.
May 14, 2013
The two-day District 2 Tournament, at the par 72 Coyote Creek at Willows Run golf course May 7, was a success for both Issaquah and Skyline high school golfers.
Going into the 18th hole the second day, Issaquah High School sophomore Mersadie Tallman was leading by one stroke, before a double bogey bumped her final score to 157 for third place and a ticket to the girls golf 4A State Championship.
“It was good. I’m not disappointed, but I would have liked to have done better on the last hole,” Tallman said. “I had a great time, and it was nice out here and I got to miss school.”
May 14, 2013
The boys golf state championships may not kick off until May 21, but Skyline High School junior Brian Mogg has already bested Washington’s top 116 players.
Mogg shot a 73-73 May 3 to win the invite-only Bill Egbers Memorial Golf Tournament, which featured the state’s top 116 boys 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A high school golfers.
April 9, 2013
The weather wasn’t fooling around April 1 when the sun gleamed above the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course as the Issaquah High School girls golf team hosted the Eastlake Wolves.
“The season has been really good and the weather has been really good, too, which has helped,” Issaquah head coach Tom Bakamus said. “I am really proud of the girls. They shot really well today. I know they were a little scared of this team, but they knew what they were up against and they performed really well under pressure.”
Issaquah’s No. 1, sophomore Mersadie Tallman, finished first that day with 37 strokes on the par 36. Eastlake’s top three golfers, all tying for second place with 39s across the board, however, countered her lead. The Wolves won, 214-223.
March 26, 2013
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.
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.
“I love today’s weather,” she said.”There’s no sun shining in your eyes, or rain. It’s perfect golfing weather.”
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.
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.
July 31, 2012
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.