THE DALLES — A young Seaside boys golf team finished seventh out of 10 teams at The Dalles Invitational Friday, in their first meet of the season.
The Gulls shot a 397 at The Dalles Country Club, where sophomore Connor Merrell led Seaside with a 93, followed by another sophomore, Samson Sibony, with a 96.
The Gulls’ oldest player, junior Jackson Kunde, shot 100 followed by two more sophomores, Mason Shamion (108) and Mason Crawford (115).
The Dalles ran away with the team title with a 316, far ahead of second-place Pendleton (361), followed by Hermiston (365), Canby (382), Goldendale (383), La Grande (388), Seaside (397) and St. Helens (401). Hood River and Horizon Christian did not have complete teams.
“This was a good test for our young guys,” said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. “The course was not in real good condition with the winter they had, and it is a tough course to begin with. Besides the home team, only five players were able to break 90 today. “Connor was only a few strokes off joining that elite group,” he said. “He has worked hard during the offseason and I expect him to get a little better each week as the season progresses. This course points out any flaws in your game, and today it showed us we have some work to do.
“But for as young as we are, we only scored a few higher than last year,” he said. “I’m hoping this group sees their potential to be a good team and works to reach that goal this year.”