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8 Friday Harbor HS golfers advance to May 17 Bi-Districts

Friday Harbor High School Golf Coach Jack Rice sent in the results of the 1A/2B District Tournament played May 10, 2023 at  Loomis Trail Golf Club. Loomis Trail is a very difficult golf course as shown by the scores. Loomis hosted the US Open qualifier just last week. There is water on almost every hole and the fairways are so narrow you almost have to walk single file just to get to the green. In the next few days each player will be laying out a plan on how he can play this course better next week. Each player must find a club that they can hit straight and try to keep the ball out of the water and on the fairway.

Friday Harbor High School 2023 golf team

In the boy's competition, the 22 players with the lowest scores advanced to Bi-District May 17 on the same course.

Billy DeJong | Mount Vernon Christian | 43, 43 86 | 1st

Gabe Tenbrog |  La Conner | 40, 47 87  |  2nd

Sammy Williams  | La Conner  | 46, 42 88 | 3rd

Jaxon Perry  | Mount Vernon Christian  | 46, 45 91  | 4th

Colton Leigh  | Grace Academy| 47, 43 93  |  5th

Jack Hess  | Friday Harbor | 46, 50 96  |  6th

Sam Herda  | Friday Harbor  | 51, 49 100  |  7th

Ryan Rautenberg | Friday Harbor |  54, 47 101  |  8th

Finn Graham |  Friday Harbor | 51, 54 105  |  16th

Top 22 out of 44 golfers advance to the Bi-District Tournament

Fisher Goosman | Friday Harbor | 57, 60 117  | 25th

Dylan Lawson | Friday Harbor | 61 |  Missed the 9-hole cut by one shot

Four of the six Friday Harbor boys team members advance to the 1A2B Bi-District Tournament. 44 Golfers teed it up to win one of the 22 spots in the Bi-District Tournament playing next week back at the same golf course. The winner of this event isn’t the player with the lowest score, it’s the player who wins the 22nd place and gets to advance to the next level and continue on the journey to the state tournament.

Freshman Jack Hess continues to lead the team with a solid 6th place finish. 8th grader Sam Herda finished 7th. Junior Ryan Rautenberg got hit with a two-shot penalty for hitting his ball on a practice swing and not replacing it to the original spot.

The rules or golf are very complicated and on occasion we run into situations even I’m not sure about.

Freshman Finn Graham hung in there to win one of the final allocations. First year player, Junior Fisher Goosman, made a good run at winning one of the final spots but came up just a few shots short. For never picking up a golf club until two months ago, this young man has shown some exceptional athletic ability. I’m looking forward to a great season with him next year.

And finally, to the toughest little 8th grader we have on the team, Dylan Lawson. He survived two different playoffs to win a trip to the district tournament as an 8th grader. His score of 61 missed the nine-hole cut number by one stroke. Dylan was the only player on our team to make a birdy on the tough Loomis Trail track. He scored a 2 on the third hole par 3. I told Dylan, 2 goes go with almost anything, even 7, 8 and 9’s!

For the girls team this event was pretty much a practice round for the Bi-District tournament to be held next week at the same location. Due to many scheduling conflicts and other situations our league was allocated 22 spots for the ladies to move on to the next level. When the field was finally set, only 21 girl golfers showed up, so all players advance to the next level of competition.

Friday Harbor was led by sophomore Morgan Douglass who posted a nine-hole score of 60. She was followed by Junior Reese Tangney with a 66. 8th grader Akira Tokunaga posted a fine 66 and is well on her way to having a solid high school career in golf. Junior Janna Rajczi played in her first post season tournament. It was great experience and she came off the course with a smile on her face.

I was talking with Janna on the ferry ride home and noticed her left hand where she wore her golf glove was lily white while her arm was sunburned all the way to the sleeve on her team shirt. She said that was the most fun I ever had getting a sunburn!