Four Orcas Viking boys shared the medalist spot in a match with inter-island rivals, the Lopez Lobos, on Wednesday, April 23. Henri Bredouw, Taylor Diepenbrock, Anthony Ghazel and Roy Miller each shot a 40 in the Vikings boys’ 211-285 victory in an away match at the Lopez Golf course.
“The greens were fast and the pins were in some tough places,” said coach Bobby Olmsted. “Our top four guys were not happy with their rounds, but I think they performed very well under the circumstances. In fact, Miller shot a personal best.”
Rounding out the team’s score were Alan Coe with 51, newcomer Chris Troutman with 53 and Joe Boucher with 54.
“We’ve seen a lot of improvement over last year’s average scores,” said Olmsted. Coe has dropped an average of seven strokes from his game since last season. Last year’s State qualifiers Ghazel and Bredouw have sliced about five strokes from their averages this year.
Leading the girls’ team were Cetacea Stanton and Maddy Smith who each carded a 56. Smith has seen a 10-point drop in her scores this year over last season. Absent from the day’s match was last season’s State third place finisher, Melissa Moran-Hodge, who is poised to do well again at the State Tournament. Moran-Hodge has dropped five strokes from her average score this year.
The Vikings head to the League Championship in Burlington on Thursday before traveling to the District Championships May 7-8 in hopes of claiming a berth at the State Championships in Bellingham May 20-21.