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.
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.”
May 22, 2012
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.”
May 22, 2012
Two golfers from the Liberty High School girls golf team, seniors Krysta Dawson and Alex DuVall, competed at the girls varsity KingCo Championships May 9, with Dawson qualifying for state with a sixth-place finish with a score of 86.
Liberty took third place in the conference with a final record of 5-2, and 8-3 overall for the season.
Dawson placed 18th and DuVall placed 52nd last year at the state championship.
DuVall was selected for the KingCo first team this year, while Dawson was selected for the KingCo second team.
The state championship took place from May 21-23 at the Esmeralda Golf Course in Spokane.
April 24, 2012
While it was not a winning day for Skyline High School’s girls golf team, or the weather, last week it was a victory for Layla Hiramoto.
Ignoring the rain that poured down on her and everyone else playing the 2,731-yard course at the Bear Creek Country Club in Woodinville on April 19, Hiramoto shot a 53. With an improvement of six shots, the No. 5 varsity golfer earned her season best and the top score of the day for Skyline.
“It took a lot of mental toughness to play well in that weather,” Skyline’s head coach Erik Hanson said. “She got it done. She looked beyond the weather and didn’t make excuses.”
Hanson was thrilled. Hiramoto had been struggling with her putting, he said, so much that in one match she used two different putters.
“For me, as a coach, I am always happy to see a kid work to improve their weakness,” he said.