Rather than ending their season on Washington state’s east side as part of the state 2A tourney, Sequim’s Wolves had to settle for a strong finish on their home course against the region’s top prep players.
Sequim’s Ben Sweet tied for second overall helping lead a contingent of Wolves to a boys’ team title at the 2021 Olympic League Championship, held at The Cedars at Dungeness in Sequim on April 27.
SHS’s boys finished a combined 30-over-par edging second place Central Kitsap (+41), Bainbridge (+45) and Kingston (+52).
Sweet, who finished with a 1-over-par 73, had four birdies and three bogeys on the day, with only the seventh hole (a double bogey) giving him particular trouble.
Teammate Dominic Riccobene tied for eighth place with a 7-over-par 79.
“It was fun from a fellow golfer, they’re just inspiring to watch play,” SHS coach Sean O’Mera said of Sweet and Riccobene. “They they both work hard on the physical side, we (as coaches) do our job working on the the mental side (to), stay in the moment, not to get too high, not too low.”
Fellow Wolf Garret Hoesel tied for 10th at +8 (80) and Pryce Glasser tied for 15th (+14, 86) at the league tourney.
O’Mera had high praise for the growth of a number of golfers this season, in particular Glasser and senior Truman Nestor.
“(Pryce) was like an infant as far as a golfer is concerned; he played regularly during lock-down (and it was) pretty remarkable to see him shoot the scores he shot,” O’Mera said. “(Nestor) was such a solid contributor this year.”
On the boys’ side, Bainbridge’s Ben Chapman took medalist honors after winning a four-player playoff that included Sweet, Bremerton’s Garr Coombe and South Kitsap’s Luc Barnett, by birdying The Cedars’ 12th hole.
Paced by Hannah Wagner’s ninth place finish, Sequim’s girls squad placed fourth in the 12-team tourney at 140-over-par, behind Bainbridge (+51), Central Kitsap (+94) and Klahowya (+131).
“I was very pleased,” Sequim girls coach Tim Lusk said.
“We had three weeks of practice all of last year, my first year coaching (so) I didn’t even get my feet wet before everything shut down. So I was very pleased with (the season). A great group of girls.”
Wagner, a junior in her first full season golfing, shot a 25-over-par 97 to place ninth, followed by teammates Jessica German (tied for 13th, a 31-over-par 103), JoNell Hill (19th, a 39-over-par 111) and Delaney Nucci (tied for 28th, a 45-over-par 117).
On the girls’ side, North Kitsap freshman phenom Suzie Tran took medalist honors with a 1-under 71 to win the tourney by nine shots over Bainbridge senior Anna Kozlosky.
Last week’s league tourney was the lone postseason hurrah for local golfers, with the COVID-19 pandemic eliminating a chance for district and state tourney play.
Sequim’s boys finished (8-0) and ran their league unbeaten streak to 49, dating back to April 2015. Sequim’s girls finished 6-2 overall.
“We didn’t get the season we wanted but everything came into place,” Lusk said.