Eagles eye state birth

October 15, 2013

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.”

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First Tee connects golf to life lessons

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.

Photos contributed Above, Megan Miller, physical education specialist teaches Creekside Elementary School students to proper form during their courtesy unit. At right, Kira Yoshimura, a first-grader at Creekside Elementary School, lines up her putt during her physical education class in fall 2012.

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Above, Megan Miller, physical education specialist teaches Creekside Elementary School students to proper form during their courtesy unit. At right, Kira Yoshimura, a first-grader at Creekside Elementary School, lines up her putt during her physical education class in fall 2012.

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.

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Skyline golf team comes in third in state

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.

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Threesome headed to state tourney

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.”

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Brian Mogg tops state’s best young golfers

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.

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Issaquah finishes 9 strokes short of Eastlake

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.”

By Lillian O’Rorke Mersadie Tallman, Issaquah High School sophomore, eyes her ninth-hole drive during the April 1 match against Eastlake.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Mersadie Tallman, Issaquah High School sophomore, eyes her ninth-hole drive during the April 1 match against Eastlake.

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.

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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.

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