The Viking Golf team, lead by head coach Bobby Olmsted, opened the season at home on Tuesday, March 17 against two strong teams, LaConner and Mount Vernon Christian. Although the teams were fortunate enough to have a sunny day, the difficulty of the Orcas course did not elude the players.
“It is tough on anyone to play on a very wet course and our course is pretty tough even in perfect weather,” said Olmsted
Representing the boys, Rowan Lister posted the low score for Orcas with a 61 followed by Ricardo DeAnda’s 67. First year players Ewan Lister and Joseph Brewer, both eighth-graders, shot 74 and 96, respectfully. Team Scores based on four players were Mount Vernon Christian 204, LaConner 238 and Orcas 298.
“I was impressed with all the boys that played. Their scores are not where we want them to be but it is the first match of the season and we’ve only had six days of practice under our belts,” said Olmsted, despite missing a few players, he was pleased with what he saw on the course. “This gives us a starting point and plenty to work on. I am pleased with the boys team and know they are going to work even harder to get their scores lower.”
However, it was the Lady Vikings that captured the day and came out swinging. First time players and twin sisters Maia and Zoe Lewis-Shunk, both eighth-graders, shot impressive low scores.
“Zoe carded a 52 for her first match and sister Maia was the ladies’ medalist with a score of 50,” said Olmsted.
Orcas was also missing some players but that did not stop the ladies from winning their first match of the season. “This looks to be a strong line up for the Vikings when the ladies’ team is in full strength, I think we will be very competitive.”
Team scores based on two players were Orcas 112, La Conner 145, Mount Vernon Christian had only one lady golfer.
The Vikings next have two away matches against powerhouse and good friends Lopez Island and then Grace Academy.
“This is going to be a very exciting year for golf on Orcas Island.” says an excited Olmsted.