WARRENTON — The Seaside boys golf team shot a season-low score and improved to 1-1 in Cowapa League play Thursday, with a 366-406 victory over Astoria in golf’s version of the Clatsop Clash at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.
Seaside’s Jackson Kunde was medalist with an 86. The Gulls’ Samson Sibony was second with a 90, followed by Connor Merrell (92), Mason Shamion (98) and Colby Lupfer (99).
Astoria was led by Kirk Fausett’s 96. Other Fishermen scores were Dylan Altheide-Nielson (97), Brian Wilder (100), Trevor Altheide-Nielson (113) and Josh Olson (119).
The Gulls have been able to lower their team score every time out so far this season. All but one member shot a season-low Thursday.
“We are moving in the right direction,” said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. “We dropped another 16 strokes from our last match. If John Whittle’s JV score had counted, we would have dropped another six.
“Jackson (Kunde) played 16 good holes today,” he said. “He followed a triple bogey with a six-putt, quadruple bogey on the front. If not for those two holes, he might have snuck into the 70s for the first time. Samson hit his first birdie today and nearly got into the 80s. Those are big hurdles in the psyche of golf. It seems when a player changes the first digit of their score for the first time, they continue to do it on a regular basis.”
Junior Varsity: Seaside 508, Astoria 605.
Hemsley shoots 56 for Lady Fishermen
HILLSBORO — Astoria and Seaside both took part in the Valley Catholic Invitational girls golf tournament Thursday, held at the Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro.
The Invite was shortened to nine holes because of poor course conditions.
While Morgan Hall of Scappoose topped the field with a 43, Astoria’s Sam Hemsley led the Lady Fishermen with a 56. She was followed by Jenna Travers with a 58, and Sadie Wooldridge (66), Kristen Travers (71) and Sarah Lertora (85).
Caroline Kotson paced Seaside with a 63. Maddy Brown (66), Caitlyn Hillman (92) and Emma Harvey (94) rounded out the team scoring for the Gulls, who will be the host team Monday in the Seaside Invitational. The invite will take place at Astoria Golf & Country Club due to a scheduling conflict at Gearhart.