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.
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.”
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.
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.