Consistent Skyline can’t overcome Eastlake’s home-course advantage

April 26, 2011

If the Skyline High School girls golf team learned anything from playing at Sahalee Country Club, it’s that you have to keep your drives straight and practice a little longer on the putting green before the match.

Skyline High School’s Bryalynn Vowels tees off on the third hole of Sahalee’s East 9 course April 21. By Christopher Huber

“It’s like you’re hitting the golf ball down a highway,” said Skyline coach Erik Hansen. “If you don’t keep it straight, you find yourself in trouble.”

Not all of the girls learned that the hard way, but the course notorious for frustrating unaccustomed golfers took just enough away from the visiting team to preserve another victory for Eastlake.

“This was a very difficult course,” said Skyline sophomore Bryalynn Vowels. “They definitely have home course advantage.”

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Eastlake uses home course advantage to beat Issaquah’s golfers

April 19, 2011

The conditions couldn’t have been much worse at Sahalee Country Club April 14. Not only did the chilly, low-40’s temperature cause tense muscles and stiff grips, but the driving rain even caused a player to lose her club during a swing.

Lauren Merdinyan, Issaquah High School junior, tees off on the fourth hole at Sahalee Country Club April 14 on the way to a nine-hole score of 51 against Eastlake. By Christopher Huber

Despite the lingering effects of a cold, wet and dark winter and early spring, the Issaquah and Eastlake high school girls golf teams completed the course without delay.

Eastlake, likely finding some comfort in its home-course advantage, came out on top, beating the Eagles, 277-302, in a 4A KingCo Conference match. Eastlake improved to 6-1 on the season. The young Issaquah team went to 3-2 overall.

Eastlake junior standout Megan Wotherspoon again led the way as the medalist, shooting a 46 on the par-36 course. She said the rain doesn’t bother her much because she is able to stay focused anyway.

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Skyline High School girls beat Eastlake, Garfield

April 15, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. April 15, 2011

Elena Frerker and Jordan Branch each won two events Thursday as they led the Skyline High School girls track team to 4A KingCo Conference victories against Eastlake and Garfield.

Skyline won the three-way meet with 73 points. Eastlake was second with 68 points and Garfield was third with 35.

Frerker won the discus and the javelin.

Branch captured the 1,600 and the 3,200. She also ran of the Spartans’ winning 4×400 relay. Erin Bryar, Caitlin McIlwain and Maddi Hutson were other members of the relay.

The Skyline boys finished second to Garfield, which totaled 81 points. Skyline had 69 points and Eastlake had 31.

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Eastlake snaps Issaquah’s streak

September 21, 2010

Boys golf  preview

Issaquah High School boys golf coach Tom Bakamus knew his team would have to play its best match of the season to beat Eastlake Sept. 16 at the Sahalee Country Club.

The Eagles had a solid effort, but Eastlake proved too strong as the host Wolves captured the 4A KingCo Conference match.

Eastlake won with 193 strokes to Issaquah’s 211. Issaquah had a four-match KingCo win streak snapped in the process.

Spencer Weiss, of Eastlake, was the medalist with a 1-over-par 37. Alex Ciszewski topped the Eagles with a 40.

Nevertheless, Issaquah’s young squad is off to a strong start. Six seniors graduated from last year’s team, and the Eagles lost another player who moved to Florida.

“We are inexperienced, but deep with the sophomore class,” Bakamus said. Read more

Patriots win second straight soccer match

September 17, 2010

NEW —12:20 p.m. Sept. 17, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team is off to a great start in 3A/2A KingCo Conference action. The Patriots won their second game of the week Thursday by blanking visiting Bellevue 2-0.

Cassidy Nangle scored both goals for Liberty in the first half.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

Liberty is 2-0 in KingCo and 2-2 on the season.

In other action, it was Mercer Island 2, Juanita 1; Interlake 4, Lake Washington 3; and Mount Si 2, Sammamish 1.

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Issaquah High School golfers top Inglemoor

September 15, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Cameron Simpson shot a par 36 Monday to lead the unbeaten Issaquah High School boys golf team to a 187-198 victory against visiting Inglemoor in a 4A KingCo Conference match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Bryan Jung and Alex Ciszewski each shots 37s for Issaquah, which raised its record to 4-0. The Eagles meet Eastlake on Thursday in a key 4A KingCo Conference match at the Sahalee Country Club.

In 3A/2A KingCo action, Mount Si defeated Liberty 204-212 at the Maplewood Golf Course in Renton. Jack Kelley, of Mount Si, was medalist with a par 36. Jordan Thompson and Harrison Diemert each had 40s to lead Liberty.

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Couples falls short to Langer

August 3, 2010

Couples falls short to Langer

Bernhard Langer (left) talks with Fred Couples after the pair finished first and second in the U.S. Senior Open Championship Aug. 1 at Sahalee Country Club. By Christopher Huber

Even though he had all the crowd support he needed, Seattle native Fred Couples needed a miracle on hole No. 18 to have a chance Aug. 1 against the on-fire Bernhard Langer, of Germany, at Sahalee Country Club. A dismal mistake early in the fourth round of the 2010 U.S. Senior Open had forced Couples to play catch-up for the next 16 holes. Read more

Youth golfers take a swing at volunteering at Senior Open

August 3, 2010

Alex Yi, a Skyline High School incoming sophomore, assembles his standard-bearer scoreboard in the golf cart shack July 30 for golfers Dan Bieber, Mark Houser and Dave Massey in the second round of the USGA Senior Open Championship. By Greg Farrar

Ashley Danforth, 18, of Sammamish, got up early with dozens of her peers July 26 – Aug. 1 to work long days at Sahalee Country Club for a rare opportunity to participate in a major golf event.

The Eastside Catholic graduate, along with her twin sister, Amanda Danforth, her brother and her father, David Danforth, volunteered with numerous other Sammamish residents as standard bearers. David Danforth coordinated the more than 50 youths who carried the score signs for each group of players.

As standard bearers, the youths were able to meet and assist some of the top senior players in the tournament. Ashley and Amanda said they signed up in fall 2009 to make sure they secured a spot in the rotation.

“I play a lot of golf … it was a good experience to be able to get inside the ropes and meet the players,” Ashley Danforth said.

Alex Yi, who plays for the Skyline High School golf team, said head coach Mike Fleming suggested he sign up to volunteer to help with the event. Alex saw it as an opportunity to meet the pros, play and watch some golf, and increase his involvement in the sport he’s come to love.“I said, ‘Why not?’” Alex said. Read more

Vaughan leads U.S. Open in Sammamish

July 30, 2010

NEW — 11:05 a.m. July 30, 2010

Bruce Vaughan, a former fireman who didn’t take up golf until he was 20, shot a 4-under-par 66 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the U.S. Senior Open golf tournament at Sahalee Country Club.

Vaughan had a two-stroke lead over Loren Roberts and amateur Thomas Jackson.

Seattle native Fred Couples, who had three straight birdies on the back nine, finished at even par, tying for ninth place. Tom Watson, who was the early leader, also finished at even par.

Defending U.S. Senior Open champion Fred Funk started the day with a bogey and things never got better. His opening day score was 6-over-76.

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Senior Open has top golfers from Champions Tour

July 27, 2010

Some might go to the U.S. Senior Open hoping to see their golfing heroes from decades past and present, but the tournament is not just a trip down memory lane. The top golfers in the PGA Champions Tour, open to pro golfers over 50, are coming to the Sahalee Country Club.

The tournament begins July 29 and runs through Aug. 1. The first groups to tee off July 29 will be Jerry Johnson, of Ocean Shores, amateur Martin Rifkin, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Kim Dolan, of Las Vegas, on hole 1 at 7:15 a.m. Teeing off on hole 10 at the same time will be amateur Kevin Klier, of Colbert, Wash., Eddie Terasa, of Waukesha, Wis., and Dave Bell, of Canada.

Local favorite Fred Couples, 50, tees off at 7:45 a.m. at hole 10 with Tom Watson and 2008 U.S. Senior Open champion Eduardo Romero.

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