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Wolverine golfer Kolowitz headed to state; Stewart is alternate

Friday Harbor High School Golf Coach Jack Rice sent in this update: Wolverine senior Jesse Kolowitz, dug deep and was able to hold on to his game to secure the 9th spot to the State Golf Tournament.

What a difference one or two shots make in a game. Each player could find a situation where shots could have been saved. Anyone who has ever played golf can understand how difficult it is to maintain such a high level of concentration for a full 18 holes of golf.

The course conditions were tough; only six players out of the field of 20 broke 100. It rained that morning and the rough was wet making play more difficult. The playing conditions and the added pressure of a trip to the State Tournament probably added to the higher scores.

The excitement of the day was a three man playoff for the first alternate position. Jess, Cole and Joe all tied at 104 in 10th place. The tournament director elected to have a playoff instead of a match of the cards. I compliment his decision as it added to the excitement of the entire tournament.

With 50 spectators following, the three Friday Harbor players teed it up and went head to head to see who was going to be the alternate.

On the first hole, Jess hit the green in regulation and two putted for an easy par.

Joe’s approach shot was over the green; he chipped up 6 feet away and made the putt for par.

Cole’s approach was short of the trap with the pin tucked in tight. He flopped a 60-degree wedge over the trap and the ball hit the pin and ended inches away for an easy par.

As the crowd moved to the second tee, Joe realized he left his clubs back on the tee box! The marshal loaned me his cart to drive Joe back to retrieve his bag. Is this confidence, did Joe really think he was going to end this on the first hole or was he so excited that the bag just got lost in the moment? We retrieved his bag and as we were driving back to the second tee, I told him to take a few deep breaths and show this crowd how to drive a golf ball.

He got a warning from the official for slow play and then stepped up and hit a driver over 300 yards right down the middle. He proceeded to hit his sand wedge 8 feet and made the putt for a birdie.

Cole and Jess congratulated Joe on his win and said it was ok to lose to a birdie on one of the toughest holes on the course!

This has been a great golf season. The team has gone undefeated in every match, winning the District and League Championships. Five seniors - Jess, Cole, Jesse, Keegan and Jordan - will graduate this year. It has brought great joy to me to watch them develop as golfers and fine young men.

We will leave for Spokane on Sunday for the State Tournament. If one of the top 9 players come up sick, Joe will be there as the alternate to take his spot. Jesse will be in fine company as he will have four of his senior teammates to pick from to carry his bag during the practice round.

I am already looking forward to next year. With Joe, Dylan, Tanner and Levi returning, golf at FHHS has a bright future.

Gentlemen's 1B/2B Tri-District Championships

(Districts 1, 2, & 3)

Place School    Grade  Name  Score
1st Crosspoint 9 Alex Weirth 85
2nd Lopez Island 12 Erik Paton 88
3rd Lopez Island 10 Tobin Arden 92
4th Crosspoint 10 Charlie Jones 93
Tie- 5th Mount Vernon Christian 10 John Phifer 96
Tie- 5th Lopez Island 9 Sterling Carfrae 96
7th Mount Vernon Christian 12 Derek Schmidt 100
8th La Conner 11 Scott Lindeman 101
9th Friday Harbor 12 Jesse Kolowitz 102
Alternate Friday Harbor 11 Joe Stewart 104


Ladies 1B/2B Quad-District Championships

(Districts 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Place School  Grade Name  Score
1st Wahkiakum 11 Sarah Shi 92
2nd Ilwaco 11 Aslyn Fisher 96
3rd Orcas Island 8 Maia Lewis-Shunk 98
4th Grace Academy 12 Emily Van Dam 103
5th Orcas Island 8 Zoe Lewis-Shunk 108
6th Lopez Island 8 Siri Dye 115
7th Lopez Island 12 Emalie Hobi 119
Tie- 8th Ilwaco 12 Allison Bonney 121
Tie - 8th Rainier Christian 12 Victoria Dunham 121
10th Lopez Island 10 Anah-Kate Drahn 125
Alternate Lopez Island 10 Nora Zapalac 126



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