LC's Olson takes second to lead area 1A golfers at state

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 29, 2014 

All three Whatcom County golfers finished in the top 25 at the Class 1A Boys' Golf State Tournament on Thursday, May 29, at Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Spanaway.

Lynden Christian's Lincoln Olson led the way with a sixth-place finish. After shooting a 79 on day one, Olson came back on the second day to shoot a 73, for a total score of 152.

"He played fantastic tee to green and only missed one shot all day," Lynden Christian coach Dana Hagen said in a phone interview. "We changed our gameplan on the way to the course this morning. We decided to play a conservative start and that helped. He made seven pars and got his momentum and confidence going."

Olson was tripped up by a triple bogey on the 12th hole the first day, and was looking to correct himself on the second go-round.

"I had a better tee shot on the hole, but still got a bogey," Olson said in a phone interview. "That hole is kind of my nemesis. I was able to get settled in a little more early on. The easy pars helped me get going."

With the finish, Olson was able to meet his preseason goal of finishing in the top 10, and almost did it one better by finishing one spot out of the top five.

"His mindset was fantastic today. He has really matured on the course this year," Hagen said. "This is what we expected going into the season. That (12th) hole yesterday was the difference-maker between second and sixth."

Blaine's Devon Boucher improved on his day-one score of 81 to post a 79 on day two. His tournament total of 160 was good for 18th place overall.

"Devon played a lot better today," Blaine coach Steve Barthlow said in a phone interview. "He started out well and struggled with his driver, so he put it away and hit with a different club."

After the first day, Boucher had some adjustments he felt he needed to make to his shot, and they paid off on day two.

"He got the kinks fixed early on," Barthlow said. "He looked great, but after nine holes his driver left him and he just put it in his bag. He had a string of five pars in a row on the back side. Sometimes the pressure increases for kids on the second day, but he was more relaxed."

Kenneth Wilson, from Mount Baker, shot an 81 on the second day to bring his total to a 161 after an 80 the first day. He finished in 21st overall.

"I had a tough time putting," Wilson said in a phone interview. "I tried to give myself a chance and every time I felt like I had three-putts. I came in with high hopes and didn't execute my game today."

After a rough start to day two, Wilson was able to maintain his composure and finish strong, Mount Baker coach Chad Hoidal said.

"The front nine got him at the start," Hoidal said in a phone interview. "He had some rough putting and missed a lot of birdie putts. The two days were pretty identical. I felt he did a good job. He fought back and finished his career on a high note. He could have been frustrated, but to finish strong was the key and he should be happy to have done that."

Woodland took the team title at the tournament, led by third-place finisher Ryan Sturdivan's tournament total of 150. Hoquiam's John Sand took the state medalist position with a total of 144. Sand followed up his day-one score of 73 with a 71 on day two, the lowest score in either round of the tournament.

CLASS 1A BOYS

BLAINE

Devon Boucher 81-79-160 (18)

LYNDEN CHRISTIAN

Lincoln Olson 79-73-152 (6)

MOUNT BAKER

Kenneth Wilson 80-81-161 (21)

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