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

Sports Roundup

August 3, 2010

Colin Curtis sent down

The New York Yankees, beefing up their lineup for the stretch run with veteran players, sent rookie outfielder Colin Curtis to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre July 31.

The former Issaquah High School star, promoted to the American League club on June 21, had played in 22 games with the Yankees. He was hitting .256 with eight runs batted in. Curtis had three doubles and a home run. He hit his first major league home run July 21 against the Anaheim Angels.

The Yankees acquired first baseman Lance Berkman and outfielder Austin Kearns last weekend.

Curtis began the season at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he was hitting .280 before getting called up to the Yankees. Read more

Bears capture Koufax title

July 27, 2010

The Bears Baseball Club’s 14-under team didn’t begin the season looking like a state champion.

But the Bears, based out of Field of Champions in Preston, defeated the top-seeded Green Sox Baseball Club 7-3 July 12 to capture the Sandy Koufax 14-under state championship.

The Bears began the season 4-5, but finished 17-7 and qualified for the state tournament as the No. 7 seed.

In the tournament, the Bears opened with a 10-3 victory against the RIPS Brewers, the No. 2 seed. Pitcher Nate Gibson held the Brewers to two earned runs and struck out six.

In their second game, Tommy Medawar hurled six strong innings as the Bears downed O’Brien Autogroup 7-4. Medawar had six strikeouts.

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Youth golfers shine at district tournament

July 6, 2010

Alex Yi, of Issaquah, tees off from the first hole June 29 at Carnation Golf Course. By Christopher Huber

Mersadie Tallman, 13, of Issaquah, shot the best round of her young junior-golf career June 29 at Carnation Golf Course.

After shooting a 77 over the 18-hole round, Tallman won the girls age 12-13 group at the Washington Junior Golf Association’s District 2 tournament. Read more

Li Wang wins playoff hole to take state championship

August 4, 2009

Li Wang, of Sammamish, won the WJGA state title in the 14-15 age division after hitting a three-round 217 July 29-31. By Ryan Piersol

Li Wang, of Sammamish, won the WJGA state title in the 14-15 age division after hitting a three-round 217 July 29-31. By Ryan Piersol

Li Wang is once again a state champion, even if it was by a matter of inches.

The Klahanie teenager was victorious in a one-hole playoff to win the 14-15 age division at the Washington Junior Golf Association state tournament July 31 at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

Wang carded an impressive 68-75-74 — 217 to finish in a tie for first, then walked away the champ when Enumclaw’s Tyler Salsbury was unable to sink a short putt during the first hole of a playoff.

This is the fourth age divisional state championship Wang has captured. He was in the 12-13 age division last year, meaning he’ll have one more year remaining in the 14-15 group.

“It’s a good tournament. It’s fun,” Wang said. “It’s well-organized, so I like playing in it.”

In the boys 12-13 group, Brian Mogg, of Sammamish, placed third after shooting a respectable 226 strokes over three rounds (71, 77 and 78). He finished nine strokes behind winner Frank Olav Garber, of Kirkland. Read more

Youth golfers to take a swing at state title July 29-31

July 28, 2009

Kevin Moon, of Issaquah, tees off on the 13th hole during the WJGA District 2 Championship July 21 at Willows Run Golf Course. By Christopher Huber

Kevin Moon, of Issaquah, tees off on the 13th hole during the WJGA District 2 Championship July 21 at Willows Run Golf Course. By Christopher Huber

Issaquah youth golfer Darius Lalier didn’t shoot a great first-round front nine July 20 at Willows Run Golf Course, but his run on the back nine made it all better.

He shot three birdies and finished the last nine holes even. He ended the day with a 78-stroke performance and tied for eighth in the 14-15 age group.

Not bad, but he needed a similar score July 21 to contend for one of 13 state-qualifying spots. He punched his ticket to state after hitting a 79 in the second round of the Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 Championship tournament. Read more

Local golfers vie for district, Junior World tournaments

June 30, 2009

Christopher Kobak putts on the 18th hole June 24 at West Seattle Golf Course. Kobak barely missed the cut for the Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 Championship, shooting an 83. By Christopher HuberChristopher Kobak putts on the 18th hole June 24 at West Seattle Golf Course. Kobak barely missed the cut for the Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 Championship, shooting an 83. By Christopher Huber

Christopher Kobak putts on the 18th hole June 24 at West Seattle Golf Course. Kobak barely missed the cut for the Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 Championship, shooting an 83. By Christopher Huber

Skyline High School golfer Jordan Windsor wasn’t satisfied with the way he drove the ball June 24 at West Seattle Golf Course.

But he executed enough decisive putts throughout the 18-hole Junior Worlds qualifier to help him tie for third in the 16-17 age group with a 75-stroke finish on the par-72 course.

“It’s definitely on the better side of what I’ve played,” he said after the match.

On the par-5 fourth hole, Windsor sunk a 40-foot putt for birdie, he said. He attributed some of his setbacks to numerous 2-putt holes.

“It’s mostly putting that got me,” he said. But “it was just putting that saved the round.”

A handful of Issaquah and Sammamish youth golfers gathered with dozens of Seattle-area youth at West Seattle to vie for the Washington Junior Golf Association District 2 Championship. The one-day tournament served as the qualifier for the final, to be held July 20-21 at Willows Run Golf Course. Read more