Gulls show depth in victory over rival linkstersGEARHART - If you haven't won yet, you will eventually. That's the motto this year for the Seaside boys golf team, which picked up a big Cowapa League dual victory over Astoria Tuesday at the Gearhart Golf Links.

With Seaside's Sean Hamer and Hunter Solt tying for medalist honors in the win over the Fishermen, the Gulls have now had four different golfers finish with low scores in matches over the last week.

On April 12, Joel Bletscher shot a 77 to lead all Seaside scorers in a match at Molalla; and last Friday, it was Flynn Jiroudek taking medalist honors in a victory over Rainier.

Tuesday's rain-filled round by Hamer and Solt - who both shot 78 - helped the Gulls finish with a 321 team score, a 19-stroke finish over Astoria (340). Digger Cokley - who recently signed a letter-of-intent to attend the University of Portland - was the top golfer for the Fishermen.

The two teams combined for 14 birdies, with Seaside's Mitch Winstanley coming up with an eagle on the 8th hole.

Seaside's five varsity golfers all finished within five strokes of each other, as Winstanley carded an 82, and Jiroudek and Bletscher tied with an 83.

"We had five good scores out there today," said Seaside coach Jim Poetsch. GARY HENLEY - The Daily Astorian

Mitch Winstanley of Seaside had an eagle on the 8th hole, and tied for fourth overall with an 82 in the Gulls' win over Astoria at Gearhart Golf Links."The kids knew they would have to win today to have a shot at the Cowapa League title and they really came through.

"Sean Hamer had a personal best today and Hunter and Mitch had their best rounds on a par-72 course," he said. "Joel Bletscher was also steady with 43 on the front and 40 on the back."

Cokley took a detour around a train wreck on the fifth hole to card a 79 to lead the Fishermen. Cokley followed a 44 on the front nine with a 35 on the back.

One reason for the 44 on the front was an 11 on the fifth hole - the worst hole of Cokley's career.

"I've never had to sit down before to figure out what I had on a hole," Cokley joked after the match.

Ryan Gallagher was Astoria's next highest scorer with an 82, as Gallagher had birdies on the first, 12th, 15th and 18th holes.

Other scorers for the Astoria varsity team were Johnny Wilson (88), Greg Barnes (91) and Rob Moore (99).

The Gulls' win throws the Cowapa League into a three-way tie for first place between Astoria, Scappoose and Seaside.

The upcoming District Tournament will now likely become a winner take all event.

Astoria takes part in the Crescent Valley Invitational Thursday at Corvallis Country Club, while the Gulls will host their 12-team invitational Monday at the Astoria Country Club.

Seaside 321, Astoria 340

Individual - Sean Hamer, Sea, 78; Hunter Solt, Sea, 78; Digger Cokley, Ast, 79; Ryan Gallagher, Ast, 82; Mitch Winstanley, Sea, 82; Flynn Jiroudek, Sea, 83; Joel Bletscher, Sea, 83.

Astoria (340)

Digger Cokley 44-35-79

Ryan Gallagher 41-41-82

Johnny Wilson 38-50-88

Greg Barnes 46-45-91

Rob Moore 54-45-99

Seaside (321)

Sean Hamer 40-38-78

Hunter Solt 38-40-78

Mitch Winstanley 37-45-82

Joel Bletscher 43-40-83

Flynn Jiroudek 38-45-83

Astoria JV (391)

Craig Folgner 45-47-92

Petri Sabell 45-49-94

Andy Ellsberg 46-52-98

Ben Mattingly 55-52-107

Jon Natividad 54-56-110

Seaside JV (395)

Peter DeLong 41-46-87

Drew McKirdy 48-51-99

Alex Brown 49-56-105

Chad Register 54-61-115