Gulls golfers top Banks

Seaside's Colby Lupfer shot a career-low score Thursday, helping the Gulls score a Cowapa League match win over Banks at Gearhart Golf Links.

GEARHART — The Seaside boys golf team is quickly become a “player” in 4A golf, once again.

For the fifth consecutive match in competition, the Gulls lowered their team score, this time in a league dual with Banks, Thursday at Gearhart Golf Links.

Seaside finished with a 351, to 383 for the Braves, helping the Gulls improve to 2-1 in league matches.

Jackson Kunde led the way for Seaside, shooting a career-low 80. Colby Lupfer (88) and Connor Merrell (90) also shot career lows. Samson Sibony added a 93 to the Gulls’ score, while John Whittle shot 95.

“Our kids did pretty well out there today,” said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. “Our focus lately has been to work on scoring despite hitting some bad shots. It is something that comes with maturity, but in a short season we need to mature fast.

“Last tournament, we had 30 holes that were double bogey or worse,” he said. “Today we cut that almost in half. Jackson went the whole round with nothing worse than a bogey and carded 10 pars along the way. He became our first player this year to break 40 on a nine as he shot three-over-par 39 on the back. It was really nice to see him finish strong today.”

Lupfer “also cut back on big scores, as he had only two doubles blemishing his card,” Poetsch said. “Having him shoot in the 80s from the fifth position really gave our score a boost. This team has been working harder each week. It really showed today as eight of our 10 players had career lows.”

Seaside travels to Quail Valley Golf Course Tuesday, for a Cowapa League match with Scappoose.