Boys Golf Outdrives Lake Washington in Last Home Match


Gierke lines up his putt on the last hole. Photo by Isabel Funk.

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The Mercer Island Boys Golf team won their last home match against Lake Washington 180 to 213, bringing their record to 6-2, second in Kingco.

The match took place during a torrential downpour. Lake Washington senior Phin Mallon said “it was the hardest rain I have ever seen in my life.” MIHS sophomore Ethan Evans said, “When I was on the second hole, we could not even see 100 yards in front of us.”

Despite the hard conditions, there were multiple stand out shots. 

MIHS junior Caiden Fukano sunk a putt from about 25 feet on the eighth hole. “I was not very confident in the line, but it went in,” Fukano said.

In another memorable shot, Evans completed a seven-foot putt on the third hole to stay at even par.

“This was one of the better matches for me,” said MIHS junior Liam Kelly who shot three over par.

Freshman Spencer Smith jumps for joy when he learns that MIHS won the match. Photo by Isabel Funk.

Although the match was officially Boys Golf Senior Night, there are no seniors on the team.

“It is weird not having anyone older than me on the team, especially being a junior,” captain Camdon Gierke said. “In past years, I have had good role models. Having to step up as a junior has been a challenge, but it has been fun.”

Evans, who plays number one varsity and had the best score of the match with even par, won state last year as a freshman. “Even though I’m number one, I still learn lessons from other guys on the team all the time,” Evans said.

The next golf match on Oct. 9 at Bellevue Golf Course.