Lincoln Olson shot another round of 76 and placed 10th in the Class 1A State Championships for Lynden Christian’s boys’ golf team Thursday, May 28, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
“I didn’t hit the ball as well (as the first round). But I putted a lot better,” Olson said in a phone interview. “I couldn’t get any birdies to go and that hurt pretty bad.”
As a senior for the Lyncs, Olson was hoping for a better result to end his high school career, but is content with how things played out.
“I wanted more. I wanted to win,” he said. “It’s been a good career and I’m proud. I love all the guys I’ve played with and all the coaches I’ve had. The experience as a whole has been awesome.”
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Next year, Olson will be attending Northwest Nazarene University to play golf at the collegiate level.
“I’m excited for that,” Olson said. “I’m ready for the opportunity to perform how I know I’m capable of.”
LC’s Erik Vander Velden placed 37th overall with a combined score of 173 after shooting an 88 in the second round.
“Overall between the two days I was happy with how I played,” Vander Velden said in a phone interview. “It will be good for next year. It’s good to get the pressure (of making state) out of the way. Hopefully I can take that and do really well.”
Travis Roosma finished state placing 42nd for the Lyncs with a score of 174 with a second-round score of 91.
“I had a tough front nine,” Roosma said in a phone interview. “I gave everything yesterday and had nothing today. It’s been a great journey. The family I’ve had here and the great coaches have been great.”
Meridian’s Nick Rautenberg, a senior, finished the second round with a score of 79 for a total score of 159, good for a 20th-place finish.
Rautenberg struggled on the front nine, but recovered well on the back nine to secure a top-20 finish.
“I don’t know what clicked,” he said in a phone interview. “But I turned it around on the back nine and made it a good round. It was nice.”
Jon Kihm, another Trojan senior, ended the tournament in 41st place with a score of 173 after shooting an 89 in the second round.
“Overall both days were pretty successful,” Kihm said. “Today I feel there were more things I mentally discovered about myself. We got better every year and it was a great experience. I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else but Meridian.”
Meridian coach Bryant D’Hondt said both Rautenberg and Kihm won the tournament in his eyes.
“It wasn’t too much about the scores, but them accomplishing something for themselves,” he said. “It was awesome to see. They solidified what we’ve talked about for the last three years.”
Ferndale’s Keenan Souve finished in 27th place with a score of 160 at the Class 3A State Championships Thursday, May 28, at Canyon Lakes Golf Course.
Souve reached his goal of making it to the second day, but left wanting more and will look to improve next season.
“I was hoping to get in the top 20,” he said. “Just disappointed to get 27th. I’ve learned that you got to go out there and just have fun. Don’t worry about other people.”