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New coach, seasoned team | Spring sports preview

By MARTY ZIER Islands Sounder Sports contributor
March 15, 2013 · Updated 1:11 PM

Left to right: Golf coach Justin Taylor, William Coe, Merrick Parnell, Zack Kostechko, Mara Nutt. Not pictured: Peter Miller and Rachael Brimm. / Contributed photo/ Martin Taylor

First year head coach and Orcas alumni Justin Taylor has been with Viking golf since the beginning, having participated on the first Viking golf team in 1997. In addition, Taylor is the owner/operator of the Orcas Island Golf Course and has been helping the team since 2008. Taylor benefits from a majority of the team returning and is optimistic about the year.

“It’s early in the season, but it’s a great group of kids and with a lot of hard work, I am looking forward to the post season,” he said.

And it's post season experience that Taylor brings to the team as the second Orcas high school player to ever make it to state in 1999. The Vikings hit the greens on March 12 at home against Lopez.

“My goal this year is to help our new players learn the game and help our most experienced players make it to districts and state, and have as much fun as possible in the process,” Taylor said.

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