WARRENTON — Four schools took part in the Astoria Invitational boys golf tournament, held last Thursday at the Astoria Golf & Country Club.
The host Fishermen were the winners, scoring 72 points to edge Wahkiakum (70) for the team title. Tillamook (62) and Ilwaco (49) took third and fourth, respectively.
“I am thrilled for our guys,” Astoria coach Peter Roscoe said. “Some of the other teams had outstanding individual players, but overall our team had more consistency. We had several personal bests, with a couple of players shooting in the 80s for the first time. That has been a goal since the beginning of the season.”
Using a Stableford scoring system, Tillamook’s Carter Lee racked up 35 points for the individual win, followed closely by Ilwaco’s Blake Kukula with 32.
Taylor Palmberg led Astoria, scoring 21 points for a fourth-place tie.
Also competing for the Fishermen were Josh Olson (19), Daniel Paswerck (16), Connor Long (16) and Dylan Althiede-Nielsen (14).
“I see no reason for the entire varsity not to regularly break 90 by the end of the season,” Roscoe said of his team. “They have the talent and this win may motivate them to work harder.”
The Astoria golfers “were up against some terrific players,” he added. “Blake (Kukula) and Carter (Lee) have some serious game, but in our pre-match meeting on the range, I had a feeling that if they just played their game, our team had a chance to win. They took it to heart and went out and won.”
Seaside was the easy winner in the junior varsity match, accumulating 94 points to top Astoria (57) and Ilwaco (41).