FIRESTONE — With one Tri-Valley League match left before the regional tournament, the Erie High School boys golf team is still trying to put together its best overall match of the season.
Tigers head coach Erin Houtsma thinks that’s a good thing. She’s hoping that match will in fact, be the regional tournament.
After Monday’s fourth conference match at Saddleback Golf Course, the Tigers appear to be on the right track. In particular, junior Harrison Wagnaar’s 8-over-par 80 to take sixth place was a promising sign.
“That’s about his average,” Houtsma said. “He played so well this summer I think he expected to come into high school golf and be shooting in the 70s all the time. But he’s one of those kids who gains perspective from each round and he’s constantly working on different areas where he can lower his score.”
Wagnaar currently sits 12th in the conference season standings. His performance on Monday helped lead the Tigers, who are seventh in the team standings, to a fifth-place finish.
Also for the Tigers, Spencer Steinhauer shot a 90, Logan Hawkins a 91, Caleb Humble a 92 and Bobby Bledsoe carded a 108.
Just three team strokes behind the Tigers, the Skyline Falcons took fifth place. Skyline’s Ryan Cheung, who currently sits ninth in the league standings, led the way with a 9-over 81 and took seventh. Michael Sibernagel shot an 88, Chase Blackwell had a 95 and Matt Soukup finished in 104 strokes.
The Frederick Warriors placed eighth, led by Kyle Kolanowski’s 88. Teammate Cooper Lindhart was next with a 96, Justin Smith followed with a 107, Jon Frenzel shot a 118 and Collin Willey a 143.
“That golf course, I thought those kids were going to rip it apart but they didn’t,” Houtsma said. “I was expecting a bunch of low rounds, especially after how low some of these kids have been going already. But it played much tougher than I think everyone thought it would.”
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Tri-Valley League Meet #5
At Saddleback G.C., par 72
Team scores — Windsor 228, Sterling 246, Holy Family 259, Roosevelt 260, Erie 261, Berthoud 263, Skyline 264, Frederick 291.
Top individuals — 1. Ben Krantz, Windsor, 70; 2. Ryan Lococo, Windsor, 76; 3. Shawn Solem, Berthoud, 77; t4. Jack Marty, Holy Family, 79; t4. Trey Lambrecht, Sterling, 79.
Other Holy Family results — Matthew Collier 90, Tait McGowan 90, Daniel Hanuszczak 95.
Erie results — Harrison Wagnaar 80, Logan Hawkins 91, Spencer Steinhauer 90, Caleb Humble 92, Bobby Bledsoe 108.
Skyline results — Ryan Cheung 81, Michael Sibernagel 88, Chase Blackwell 95, Matt Soukup 104.
Frederick results — Kyle Kolanowski 88, Cooper Lindhart 96, Justin Smith 107, Jon Frenzel 118, Collin Willey 143.