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Friday Harbor vs La Conner golf match was a lesson in patience

  • Written by Jack Rice

Friday Harbor High School Golf Coach Jack Rice sent in this report about the March 28, 2023 Friday Harbor vs La Conner golf match that was played at Swinomish golf Links in Anacortes.

Jack Hess, Ryan Rautenberg & Finn Graham

The word for the day was patience. “Patience is an important characteristic that enables golfers to negotiate a shot properly and also perform your best over an entire round. The loss of patience can be the difference between scoring well and not scoring well.” Regardless of where your golf game is, you need to learn to exercise the ability to stay patient. Sometimes we experience situations outside our control: that was the case Tuesday.

The course over booked the activity for the day with Anacortes High hosting a four-way match against other schools and La Conner hosting Friday Harbor. With a scheduled 3:15 start time we were lucky to get everyone on the course by 5:45. Only one group was able to finish before we made the mad rush back to the ferry landing for the ride home.

Highlights for the day: The only group to post an actual score was Jack Hess 46 and Ryan Rautenberg with a 48. The two best players from La Conner posted 40 and 44. First year player Fisher Goosman was sitting at 39 with one hole to play. If we give him a bogey on 9, he cards his best round of the year with a 44. The same goes for Finn Graham, sitting at 41 after 8 holes he is in at 46, another personal best. I’m not brave enough to project other scores, when a team member has 3 of 4 holes to play.

(left) 8th Grader Akira Tokunaga (right) 8th Grader PJ Nixon driving with Mt. Baker in the background

One of the best shots of the day came from 8th grader PJ Nixon. The first tee can be a little nerve racking especially for a first-year player and being an 8th grader to boot. Pictured above you will see PJ just hammering one on the first tee about 210 down the middle.

Junior Janna Rajczi made had her first road trip with the team. She stepped up on the first tee and fired one  right down the middle as well. I winked at her and said, “now that wasn’t that scary, was it”.

The real hero for the day was our bus driver Kyle. He was like an air traffic controller directing kids all over Anacortes. Starting out on the island at 6 in the morning with his normal bus route, he delivered the Junior High band to Anacortes, picked us up at the Anacortes ferry landing, delivered the team to the golf course and returned to the school in time to pick up and deliver the band back to the ferry.

He then picked us up at the golf course and we all made it to the ferry landing in time for the final ride home at 8:25. On the ride home I congratulated the team on their patience. Everyone maintained a positive attitude under difficult conditions and we had a fun day.