High School Sports

PREP BOYS’ GOLF PREVIEW: Lynden Christian Lyncs

Coach: Dana Hagen

Last year: Qualified one golfer to the Class 1A State Tournament — he finished tied for sixth — and four more came close to making the cut in the tri-district tournament.

Players to watch: Lincoln Olson (sr.), Eric VanderVelden (so.)

Outlook: It’s always a plus to have one of the top golfers in the state. But for coach Dana Hagen, Lincoln Olson, who finished sixth at the Class 1A State Tournament last year, is more than just a great player on the golf course. “You’re not a leader because of the way you score; you’re a leader by the way you help people. The kids look up to him,” Hagen said in a phone interview. “He constantly works and talks to other kids on the team, walks them through the course. He tries to make it simple for them.” Olson is a three-time state qualifier and is committed to play college golf at Northwest Nazarene University, freeing him up to enjoy his senior season. “It’s got to be a load off the kid’s mind,” Hagen said. But the Lyncs are deeper than just their top golfer. Sophomore Eric VanderVelden is the hardest-working kid Hagen said he has ever seen and is making huge strides after picking up the game a year ago. Beyond that, the Lyncs are hard at work in finding which of the young guys is going to come through, but with top-level talent, there’s potential here.