2013 boys' golf All-Whatcom County capsules

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 9, 2013 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

RYAN WALLEN

School: Blaine

Year: Senior

What he did: Completed a brilliant varsity career with back-to-back second place state finishes, shooting a two-day 147 during the Class 1A State Tournament. ... Finished top two all four years, taking second in 2010, 2012 and 2013 while winning a state title in 2011 as a sophomore. ... Third straight year earning boys' golf All-Whatcom County Player of the Year. ... His 73.2 stroke average was tops in the Northwest Conference by four strokes. ... Won the NWC Championships with a 71, won the Northwest District Tournament with a 70 and won the Tri-District Tournament with a 73. ... Helped Blaine finish third in state with 77 team points. ... Selected All-NWC Player of the Year. ... Committed to play golf at the University of Wyoming next fall.

COACH OF THE YEAR

DANA HAGEN

School: Lynden Christian

What he did: Led the Lyncs to a second-place finish with 98 points during the Class 1A State Tournament, which was the highest team placing of any Northwest Conference school. ... Helped qualify five Lynden Christian golfers (Willy Scholten, Lincoln Olson, Luke Olson, Weber Bartz and Dillon VanderHoek) for the state tournament. ... Led LC to a third-place finish in the NWC standings with a 407.7 stroke average and a Tri-District Tournament title. ... Coached three All-NWC selections.

FIRST TEAM

DEVAN BOUCHER

School: Blaine

Year: Junior

What he did: Proved hard work pays off this season lowering his shot average by 6.6 strokes from 84.9 to 78.3. ... Shot a two-day 155 to finish eighth during the Class 1A State Tournament after not qualifying last year. ... Finished third during the Northwest District Tournament and shot a personal-best 74 at Homestead Golf Course. ... His season stroke average ranked fifth among Northwest Conference golfers. ... Was a first-team All-NWC selection and helped the Borderites place third at state.

PETER KOLODYCHUK

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

What he did: Earned his second career trip to the Class 2A State Tournament but did not place are firing a first-day 90. ... Also qualified for state in 2011. ... Shot a season-low 74 at Sudden Valley and was a key component in the Red Raiders' dominant season. ... Helped Bellingham win a Northwest Conference title with a team score of 396.6, 8.1 strokes better than second-place Lynden, as well as a 2A Northwest District title. ... One of four Red Raiders to qualify for state. ... His 78.5 stroke average ranked seventh among NWC golfers, earning him a first-team All-NWC selection.

KYLE MARK

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

What he did: Made the state-tournament cut after missing it the previous two years, earning a 15th-place finish at the Class 2A State Tournament this season with a two-day 163. ... Posted the second best state finish of any Northwest Conference golfer. ... A strong, consistent player his entire career. ... Finished seventh during the 2A Northwest District Tournament with a 77. ... His 78.3 stroke average during conference tournaments was sixth best among NWC golfers, earning him a first-team All-NWC selection.

LUKE OLSON

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

What he did: Improved his stroke average from 85.1 to 80.2 in a year's span and earned a 15th-place finish during the Class 1A State Tournament after taking 43rd in 2012. ... One of five Lyncs to qualify for state. ... Helped LC finish third in the Northwest Conference standings with a team stroke average of 407.7 and contributed to Lynden Christian's 1A Tri-District title. ... His stroke average ranked 11th among NWC golfers, earning him a second-team All-NWC selection.

MIKAL OLSON

School: Lynden

Year: Senior

What he did: Made his first state appearance but missed the cut by one stroke, firing a day-one 87. ... Lowered stroke average from 84.1 to 79.5 in one season. ... Shot a 79 during the 2A Northwest District Tournament and conference tournament bests of 77 two times. ... Was a key player in helping the Lions place second in the Northwest Conference standings with a 404.7 stroke average. ... One of three Lions to qualify for state. ... His stroke average ranked ninth among NWC golfers, earning him a first-team All-NWC selection.

TAYLOR PAUL

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

What he did: Improved on a 24th place state finish in 2012 to take seventh at this year's Class 2A State Tournament with a two-day 156. ... The score was the best of any Northwest Conference 2A golfer. ... Shot a 73 during the 2A Northwest District Tournament and helped the Red Raiders win a NWC title, a district title and place fifth at state with 52 points. ... His 78.2 stroke average in conference tournaments ranked fourth among NWC golfers, earning him a first-team All-NWC selection.

CODY ROTH

School: Bellingham

Year: Sophomore

What he did: Quickly made his name known in the varsity ranks, establishing himself as one of the top Northwest Conference golfers. ... Qualified for state in his first year of eligibility and finished 21st during the Class 2A State Tournament with a two-day 167. ... Placed second at Northwest Conference Tournament with a 71, shot a 74 during the Northwest District Tournament and won multiple conference tournaments as well as the City Championships. ... Shot for the second lowest average among NWC golfers with a 77.2, earning a first-team All-NWC selection. ... Helped Red Raiders capture a NWC and district title.

WILLY SCHOLTEN

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

What he did: Shot an 82 on day one of the Class 1A State Tournament then stormed back on day two with a 70 to finish fourth at state. ... Earned top four state finishes each of the last three years, placing second in both 2011 and 2012 and finished 20th freshman year. ... Finished second at the Class 1A Tri-District Tournament with a 71 and earned several medalist honors in various tournaments. ... His 77.5 stroke average during conference tournaments was the third lowest among Northwest Conference golfers. ... A first-team All-NWC selection. ... One of five Lyncs to qualify for state.

HONORABLE MENTION

Player School

Weber Bartz Lynden Christian

Jacob Brouwer Lynden

Ben Carroll Sehome

Daniel Kim Bellingham

Rees Kruhlak Bellingham

Will McCarter Sehome

Ryan Mouche Lynden

Lincoln Olson Lynden Christian

Kristjan Toivola Mount Baker

EJ Troutman Bellingham

Levi Van Den Top Squalicum

Dillon VanderHoek Lynden Christian

Kenny Wilson Mount Baker

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