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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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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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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Issaquah Eagles’ golfers top Skyline Spartans

October 18, 2011

The top five Issaquah High School players, led by Weston Mui, shot in the 30s Oct. 3 as the Eagles defeated rival Skyline, 186-189, in a KingCo Conference 4A golf match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mui shot a par 36 on Issaquah’s home course to share medalist honors with Skyline’s Brian Mogg and Kelly Sullivan.

Sid Raman, Bryan Jung and Brian Batt all shot 37s, and Fletcher Martin had a 39 to round out Issaquah’s top five scores. However, Taylor Swingle and Evan Ko also shot 39s. Danny Baumer just missed the group with a 40.

“It’s been that way all season. All the guys have been so close. I have to pick six players for district and it will be really tough to pick our top players,” Issaquah coach Tom Bakamus said.

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Eastlake golfers defeat Skyline, remain unbeaten

October 4, 2011

Brian Mogg, Skyline High School sophomore golfer, deals with a tough approach shot from the rough on the fifth hole of The Plateau Club’s back nine Sept. 27. He was the match medalist with an even-par 36. By Christopher Huber

Brian Mogg always finds a way to get even. On the golf course, that is.

At the Sept. 27 cross-town match against the undefeated Eastlake Wolves, Skyline’s No. 1 golfer birdied the ninth hole for the third straight time to bring his score to 36.

“I really wanted to get even,” said Mogg, a standout sophomore who has won and placed in the top 10 in numerous regional youth tournaments. “I just try so much harder.”

While Mogg was the medalist at The Plateau Club after shooting an even 36 on the back nine, Eastlake pulled off another win to go 8-0 on the season. Despite No. 1 Li Wang tallying a 45, the Wolves managed to out-stroke Skyline 200-212.

Eastlake relied on low scores from sophomore Spencer Weiss and No. 10 golfer, freshman Colby Stirrat, both of whom scored a 3-over 39. They were the only other two to finish under 40.

Skyline was unable to place anyone else in the top five, as Eastlake’s Will Sharp compiled a 40-stroke performance and RP McCoy, Jack Fisher and Paul Russo all put up a 5-over 41.

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Issaquah Eagles golfers top Skyline Spartans

October 4, 2011

NEW — 10:45 a.m. Oct. 4, 2011

The top five Issaquah High School players, led by Weston Mui, shot in the 30s Monday as the Eagles defeated rival Skyline 186-189 in a KingCo Conference 4A golf match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mui shot a par 36 on Issaquah’s home course to share medalist honors with Skyline’s Brian Mogg and Kelly Sullivan.

Sid Raman, Bryan Jung and Brian Batt all shot 37s, and Fletcher Martin had a 39 to round out Issaquah’s top five scores. However, Taylor Swingle and Evan Ko also shot 39s. Danny Baumer just missed the group with a 40.

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Issaquah golfers out-shoot Newport

September 27, 2011

Weston Mui and Bryan Jung each shot 1-over-par 37s Sept. 19 to lead the Issaquah High School boys golf team to a 190-200 victory against visiting Newport at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mui, Jung and Newport’s Kevin Zhao tied for medalist honors.

Aaron Tham shot a 38, Taylor Swingle and Danny Baumer had 39s for Issaquah.

“We did not play pretty well, but we played well enough to win the match,” Issaquah coach Tom Bakamus said.

It was the second straight match where Mui earned a share of the medalist honors.

“Weston has been playing real solid for us,” Bakamus said. “Tham and Swingle have been pretty solid, too.”

The KingCo Conference 4A victory was the third straight for Issaquah, which opened the season with a loss to powerful Redmond.

Issaquah entered the season with 14 players on the roster. Bakamus noted that this team has no star players.

“But we have pretty good golfers,” he said.

Issaquah golfers drive by Inglemoor, 211-226

September 20, 2011

Issaquah High School’s Weston Mui captured medalist honors Sept. 13 as he led the Eagles past host Inglemoor, 211-226, in a KingCo Conference golf match at the Inglewood Golf and Country Club.

Mui shot a 3-over-par 40 to lead all players. Brian Jung and Austin Kinzer each had 42s for Issaquah.

Issaquah High School golfers outshoot Newport

September 20, 2011

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 20, 2011

Weston Mui and Bryan Jung each shot 1-over-par 37s Monday to lead the Issaquah High School boys golf team to a 190-200 victory against visiting Newport at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Mui, Jung and Newport’s Kevin Zhao tied for medalist honors.

Aaron Tham shot a 38, Taylor Swingle and Danny Baumer had 39s for Issaquah.

“We did not play pretty well, but we played well enough to win the match,” Issaquah coach Tom Bakamus said.

It was the second straight match where Mui earned a share of the medalist honors.

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