Blaine golfer Ryan Wallen's second-place state finish was the highest among Whatcom County golfers in either the Class 1A or 2A Tournaments, he shot the lowest season average and has been selected boys' golf All-Northwest Conference Player of the Year.
Lynden Christian coach Dana Hagen, who helped the Lyncs place third in the NWC, advance five golfers to state while guiding the club to a second-place finish, was selected Coach of the Year. Awards are voted on by league coaches and decided by top scores.
Lynden finished second in the Northwest Conference with a shooting average of 404.7, and the Lions' three first-team selections was tied for the most of any NWC school. Kyle Mark (78.3 shooting average), Jacob Brouwer (79.0) and Mikal Olson (79.5) were first teamers while Ryan Mouche (81.0) was a second-team selection. Mark finished tied for 15th at state, while Mouche tied for 31st. Olson qualified for the state tournament but did not make the cut.
Bellingham won the NWC title, and Red Raiders Cody Roth (77.2), Taylor Paul (78.2) and Peter Kolodychuk (78.5) were each first-team selections. Paul's seventh-place finish at state was the best of any Whatcom County competitor, Roth tied for 21st Kolodychuk qualified for state but did not make the cut.
Blaine had two first-team players, including Wallen. Borderite Devan Boucher (78.3) landed on the first team and finished eighth in the 1A tournament.
LC's Willy Scholten (77.5), who rallied back on day two of state with a 70 and finished fourth at the tournament, was Lynden Christian's only first teamer. Lyncs Luke Olson (80.2) and Lincoln Olson (81.3) qualified for the second team.
Other second teamers were Bellingham's Daniel Kim (79.8), EJ Troutman (80.3) and Rees Kruhlak (80.5), Mount Baker's Kristjan Toivola (80.4), Sehome's Will McCarter (81.2), Anacortes' Jamie Carroll (80.2) and Burlington-Edison's Brandon Stransky (81.3).
ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TEAM
Player of the Year: Ryan Wallen, Blaine, 73.2
Coach of the Year: Dana Hagen, Lynden Christian
Player School Avg. score
Cody Roth Bellingham 77.2
Willy Scholten Lynden Christian 77.5
Taylor Paul Bellingham 78.2
Devan Boucher Blaine 78.3
Kyle Mark Lynden 78.3
Peter Kolodychuk Bellingham 78.5
Jacob Brouwer Lynden 79.0
Mikal Olson Lynden 79.5
Player School Avg. score
Daniel Kim Bellingham 79.8
Luke Olson Lynden Christian 80.2
Jamie Carroll Anacortes 80.2
EJ Troutman Bellingham 80.3
Kristjan Toivola Mount Baker 80.4
Rees Kruhlak Bellingham 80.5
Ryan Mouche Lynden 81.0
Will McCarter Sehome 81.2
Lincoln Olson Lynden Christian 81.3
Bandon Stransky Burlington-Edison 81.3
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