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Boys golf: Seaside 33 strokes better than Banks

The Daily Astorian

Published on April 11, 2018 3:51PM

Last changed on April 12, 2018 8:35AM

Seaside’s Connor Merrell, shown here in last week’s match at Astoria, was Tuesday’s medalist at Banks.

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Seaside’s Connor Merrell, shown here in last week’s match at Astoria, was Tuesday’s medalist at Banks.

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Curtis Kunde tees off during Seaside’s match Tuesday at Banks.

Jim Poetsch/For The Daily Astorian Curtis Kunde tees off during Seaside’s match Tuesday at Banks.

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BANKS — The Seaside boys golf team continues to roll through the competition in Cowapa League dual meets.

The Gulls traveled Tuesday and scored a 33-stroke victory over Banks at Quail Valley Golf Course, 339-372.

Seaside was nine strokes ahead after just two holes and never looked back.

Junior Connor Merrell was only one over par through 11 holes and finished the day with a career-low 81 to earn medalist honors.

Jackson Kunde finished one stroke back at 82 and Samson Sibony and Curtis Kunde added a pair of 88s to complete the scoring for the Gulls.

Mason Shamion shot 91 as the fifth Seaside player.

The Gulls took advantage of most of the par five holes, as they played three out of four at two-under par as a team. All the birdies from Seaside golfers came on those holes, as Sibony birdied No. 3, Merrell the 10th, and both Jackson Kunde and Shamion the 17th.

“Other than a few holes, we played the course pretty well,” Seaside coach Jim Poetsch said. “We didn’t finish either side very well as we went 20 over par on the finishing holes.

“I don’t know if that was due to thinking of our scores before we were done, or whether we just didn’t play them very smart,” he said. “But if we can finish a little stronger we should be down in the 320s, which is were we would like to be.”

Merrell shot a 38 on the front nine, ahead of the 42 by Liam Birr of Banks.

“Connor quadrupled the last hole and still had a good round to win medalist,” Poetsch said. “His short game has been really good lately and he is playing better every day. Mason quadrupled nine and tripled 18 and still just missed giving us all five guys in the 80s.”

Jackson Kunde had a good back nine “after being on the bogey train for a while on the front,” Poetsch said. “He just missed his second medalist honor of the year. Samson and Curtis were pretty steady all day long with nothing on the card higher than a six.”

The Seaside junior varsity team shot a 444 to win their match, as John Whittle was medalist with a 97. Mason Crawford shot 103, followed by freshmen Chris Bodner and Leif DeWinter (both 122) and Dalton Smith (127).

Seaside hosts Scappoose at Gearhart on Monday, in a match between the two teams that have won the last 14 Cowapa League titles and three of the past four state titles.



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