Six Chewelah golfers have advanced to compete in this week’s bi-district tournament at Chelan. Five members of the Cougar boys’ team and one member of the girls’ team hit the ball well enough at the league and district levels of post-season play to make the cut.
Clint Long, Josh Olson, Dylan Long, Nic Grimm and Matthew Chalmers will represent the Chewelah boys in Chelan. Morgan Farrington will be representing the Cougar girls.
Qualifying for the bi-district tournament was a two-step process for Northeast A League golfers. The scores from the league tournament in Colville the previous week were added to the scores from last Wednesday’s district match at Stoneridge for qualifying.
Morgan Farrington led the girls’ team with an 18-hole score of 105. Her two-day total of 200 placed her in fifth place.
Hannah Johnson shot her personal best score of 111 for a total of 237 placing her fourteenth overall on the reader board. Amanda Pugh also shot her best score of the season with a 121. Her two-day total of 248 put her into eighteenth place to finish the season. However, neither girl made the cut going into the bi-district tournament this week.
As a team, the Chewelah girls finished in fifth place.
“I just wish the spring season was a little bit longer,” said Coach Brian Harting. “The girls have made tremendous progress in their ball striking the last four weeks. Their scores are dropping and they are having a lot more fun.”
Clint Long shot an impressive round of 75 at Stoneridge to go along with his 85 the previous week. His combined total placed him third at the district tournament.
“Clint started the back nine with birdies on #10 and #11, which gave him a lot of confidence the rest of the round,” noted Harting. “He played the back nine even par.”
Josh Olson shot 86 at Stoneridge and his two-day total of 163 was good enough for fifth place.
“Josh wrecked on his scooter over the weekend and scraped himself up pretty good,” Harting explained. “He has a fairly large scrape on the palm of his right hand, and it made it difficult to the hold the club correctly.
“Josh started the first hole with a 9, hitting two shots out-of bounds. But, he pulled himself together well enough through the front side and ended up shooting 37 on the back.”
Dylan Long came in with an 84 for a total of 165 and a ninth place finish.
“Like Josh, Dylan found the out-of-bounds a few too many times,” said Harting. “In between, he played very well.
Nic Grimm shot a 178 for fourteenth place and Matthew Chalmers 179 to finish fifteenth.
The Cougar boys finished in second place in the team standings.
“The scores at Stoneridge were a little higher than up in Colville,” Harting said. “The wind was really blowing last Wednesday and the kids had a pretty tough time with club selection. Deciding how much the gusts were going to affect the ball made it even more difficult. The weather next week in Chelan is supposed to be great.
“I like the way the kids are playing right now. I think we have a great chance to get several kids to state next week in Tacoma. Hopefully, it will work out for them. They have been practicing hard and working on the individual skills necessary to lower their scores.
“I told them in February that it’s all about one day in May. Tuesday is that “one day”.
By Geno Ludwig The Independent Staff
In this photo: Morgan Farrington, Clint Long, Matthew Chalmers, Nic Grimm, Josh Olson, and Dylan Long were headed to Chelan for the bi-district tournament on Tuesday, May 15.