Sequim survives wind, blows by Klahowya

Wolves, Roughrider boys play to tie; P.A. girls get win

That breeze on The Cedars at Dungeness golf course last week? Mostly Mother Nature, but some of it was the Sequim High Wolves blowing away an overmatched Klahowya squad.

All six boys players scored in the 20s while Zoei Zbaraschuk and Phoebe Haglin posted solid rounds as Sequim swept the Olympic League match-up April 17.

“The only thing I really stressed with it windy and cold is, a lot of times people will try to swing harder,” Sequim coach Garrett Smithson said. “I told them to stay within their game and just try to get to the hole.”

It worked. On the boys’ side, Bryce Gange earned medalist honors with 25 Stableford points as Sequim topped the Eagles 112-55.

Gange was followed closely by Chad Quinet (23 points) and Brendon Gilles (22). Colby Rude and Taylor Thorson matched each other with 21 points while Sean Lindstedt added a 20-point round.

“I think, one through six, any of (our guys) could play one or two; depth is very key with our team,” Smithson said.

Klahowya brought only three girls to The Cedars last week, so the teams played a modified Stableford scoring system. It didn’t seem to matter much as Sequim dominated the match, 126-42.

Zoei Zbaraschuk, the Olympic League leader in scoring average, had 46 points in the modified scoring system, while Phoebe Haglin, ranked second in the league scoring behind her teammate, added 44 points. Sequim’s Kim Duce had 25 points.

Becca Heyser led Klahowya with 22 points.

“I think that was by far the best outing so far,” Smithson said.

A girls’ April 22 match-up with Port Townsend was too late for this edition of the Gazette. The girls host Port Angeles April 24 and play at the Duke Streeter Golf Tournament in Port Angeles April 25.

The boys play at the Higgins Invitational in Bremerton April 24, host Port Townsend April 25 and play at the Port Ludlow Invitational April 28.

“At these tournaments … it’s our best four players,” Smithson said. “It (either) brings out the best of our players or they’ll get a little nervous or a little tight. It’s going to be interesting to see how we do.”

Sequim, Port Angeles

battle at ‘The Cedars’

The players will have to figure out something other than the Stableford scoring system to work this out.

Sequim and Port Angeles’ boys golf squads played through bitter wind at The Cedars at Dungeness April 10 and battled to a 121-121 tie.

Even the teams’ top golfers — Sequim’s Rude and P.A.’s Nick Warren — had to share medalist, as each finished with 31 Stableford points.

The Wolves got solid games from Gange (28 points), Thorson (23), Gilles (20), Lindstedt and Quinet (19 each), while the Roughriders saw big performances from Boe Brodhun (27 points), Scott Kilzer (23) and Kenny Kirkman.

The two rivals also shared medalist honors on the girls’ side as Sequim’s Zbaraschuk and Kara Herzog each finished with 28 Stableford Points.

But the Roughrider squad proved to be much deeper than the Wolves,’ as P.A. pulled away with a 116-88 victory.

Haglin had the fourth-best round with 25 Stableford points while teammates Duce (17), Medea Bernsten (11), Olivia Creasey (seven) and Lisa Doan (four) rounded out the varsity scorers.

Roughrider Tracie Dupuis was third in overall scoring just behind the leaders with 27 points.