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Lopez's Magnuson takes medalist honors at Invitational tourney

High School golf teams from LaConner, Lopez and Mount Vernon Christian joined  Friday Harbor High School golfers at their Invitational Golf Tournament this past weekend. Medalist for the Invitational was La Conner’s Wilson Crawford with an 81. Ladies’ medalist honors went to Riley Magnuson from Lopez with a 111.

Team Results:

LaConner (81,96,96,105: 378)

Lopez (93,96,100,403: 392)

Friday Harbor (99,101,107,107: 414 )

Mount Vernon Christian (94,103,124,126: 447)

Men’s Division

1st Wilson Crawford, La Conner 81

2nd Erik Paton, Lopez 93

 3rd Derek Schmidt, MV Christian 94

Ladies Division

1st Riley Magnuson, Lopez 111

2nd Aubrey Swigart, La Conner 118

2nd Brianne Swanson, Lopez 118

2nd Emalia Hobi, Lopez 118

Friday Harbor Men

Joe Stewart 99

Jordan Davis 101

Will Christison 107

Keegan Hebert 107

Dylan Posenjak 110


Sam Paul Barrette 117

Friday Harbor B Team

Javier Gomez 118

Jaden Roberts 142

Adam Bates 144

Friday Harbor Ladies Team

Jocelyn Roberts 155

Tyla McKay 73

Nam Ketcharung 80

Friday Harbor was the host team for the First Annual Friday Harbor Invitational. Sadly, they had to go into competition without four of the top players because of high school AP testing.

Jesse Kowolitz, Cole Thomas, Jess Hargrove and Max Haenel showed up after the testing and were able to post nine hole scores that didn’t count. Jesse Kowllitz won the long drive contest on 5, Cole Thomas won the KP on 6 and Jess Hargrove won the KP on 8.

Even though they didn’t get to compete for medal honors the local boys cleaned up on the tee prizes.

In the Ladies’ division, Brianne Swanson from Lopez almost did a clean sweep of the field by winning long drive on 5 and KP on 8. KP on 6 went to Riley Magnuson who is also from Lopez.

Hosting a Tournament of this size doesn’t happen by itself. We have a number of people to thank for their tremendous help. The golf course was in spectacular shape. Many of the coaches and players commented on how great the course looked. Bryan and crew were on the job at daylight and I can’t thank them enough for the great venue.

Ben, our new Golf Professional, on the job for less than one week, hit the floor running. Ben represented the course with class and did a great job running the score board.

Next and by far not the least, the Ladies Golf Association were fabulous. They handled the registration, food and scoring. They say it takes a village and I couldn’thave run as smooth a tournament without their fabulous help.

The other coaches and our own Craig Bailey were Rules Officials for the day and I’m sure many kids were happy to have someone on the course who could answer questions on the spot.

The Orcas coach, Dan Drake, took over the range responsibility and made sure every player had plenty of practice balls to warm up with before the event.

And finally, thanks to the Board and Members of San Juan Golf and Country Club for giving up what might have been the best weather day of 2015 to let the five schools use our Club free of charge for this fun event.

As a coach, I try to put my players in a competitive situation as many times as possible during the season. I like to think of it as becoming “tournament tough”. I am sure this event will pay big dividends over the next two weeks as we work our way through the District and Bi-District Tournaments on the way to competing in the High School State Championship.

Thank You Everyone.

Coach Jack Rice