High School Sports

All-Whatcom County Boys' Golf first team

Lynden's Ezra Arneson watches his chip shot to the hole at the 2014 Birger Solberg Golf Tournament held at Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Bellingham.
Lynden's Ezra Arneson watches his chip shot to the hole at the 2014 Birger Solberg Golf Tournament held at Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in Bellingham. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

NICK NOLAN

School: Bellingham

Year: Junior

What he did: Shot a course-record 64 on the second day of the Class 2A State Championships, to pull within 3strokes of the winner and take second place with a two-day total of 72-64-136. ... Improved on an 11th-place finish in last year’s state tourney. ... Led the Northwest Conference in stroke average with a 70.2, one of only two golfers to average below par. ... Helped Bellingham to a fifth-place team finish at state. ... Named NWC Player of the Year.

FIRST TEAM

EZRA ARNESON

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

What he did: Finished fifth at the Class 2A State Championships, shooting a two-day total of 72-70-142. It was his second straight year finishing fifth at state. ... Led the Lions to a third-place team finish. ... Finished with a 70.6 scoring average, good for second in the Northwest Conference and just 0.4 strokes behind leader Nick Nolan and one of two golfers to average below par. ... Shot a 77 at the district tournament to qualify. ... First-team All-NWC selection.

ALEX CRABTREE

School: Lynden

Year: Junior

What he did: The Lions’ No. 2 golfer finished an impressive ninth at the Class 2A State Championships, shooting a 72-72-144 — an improvement over his 83-84-167 at state last season, when he finished 23rd. ... Helped Lynden to a third-place team finish. ... Was fifth in the Northwest Conference with a 79.0 scoring average. ... Shot a 77 at the district tournament to qualify for state. ... First-team All-NWC selection.

REES KRUHLAK

School: Bellingham

Year: Senior

What he did: Shot a 75-77-152 to finish tied for 20th at the Class 2A State Championships, improving over his 29th-place finish at state from last season, when he shot a two-day total of 83-88-171. ... Helped Bellingham to a fifth-place team finish and a Northwest Conference title. ... Finished tied for eighth in the Northwest Conference in scoring average with an 80.0. ... Shot an 82 at districts to qualify for state. ... First-team All-NWC pick.

TAVO O’CONNELL

School: Squalicum

Year: Senior

What he did: Finished 40th at state after a strong first-day 77 to make the cut before a rough second-day 88 for a two-day total of 165. ... Both scores were still better than his 93 in the first round of last year’s state tournament. ... As the Storm’s No. 1 golfer led Squalicum to a fourth-place team finish in the Northwest Conference. ... Scoring average of 80.0 ranked tied for seventh in the Northwest Conference. ... First-team All-NWC golfer.

LINCOLN OLSON

School: Lynden Christian

Year: Senior

What he did: Whatcom County’s top Class 1A State Championship finisher, taking 10th place by shooting a 76-76-152. It was the same two-day total as his sixth-place finish last season. ... Led Lynden Christian to a ninth-place team finish as the Lyncs’ top golfer. ... Qualified for state by shooting an 81 at the bi-district tournament, leading a field of four LC golfers that qualified. ... Scoring average of 77.0 topped all NWC 1A golfers. ... First-team All-NWC pick.

NICK RAUTENBERG

School: Meridian

Year: Senior

What he did: Led Meridian to a 10th-place team finish at the Class 1A State Championships, by finishing tied for 20th place. ... His two-day total at state was 80-79-159. ... Drastically improved over his missed cut at state last season, when he shot an 89. ... Was top golfer on a strong Trojans team that sent three to state. ... 18-hole scoring average finished at 80.2 during the regular season, ranking ninth in NWC. ... First-team All-NWC selection.

KEENAN SOUVE

School: Ferndale

Year: Junior

What he did: Only Ferndale golfer to make the second day of state tournament, shooting a 79 on first day to do so. ... His second-day 81 helped him to a tie for 27th at the Class 3A State Championships. ... Top golfer on Golden Eagles team that sent three to state. ... First appearance at state tournament after missing out last year. ... Scoring average was an 80.4, ranking 10th in the Northwest Conference. ... Second-team All-NWC pick.

COACH OF THE YEAR

DANA HAGEN

School: Lynden Christian

What he did: Guided the Trojans to a ninth-place team finish at the Class 1A State Championships. ... Guided four golfers to state and three to the second day of the tournament — Lincoln Olson, Erik Vander Velden and Travis Roosma. ... Highest golfer placed 10th individually at state, shooting 76-76-152. ... Finished fifth in the Northwest Conference as a team.

HONORABLE MENTION

Golfer

School

Daniel Erickson

Ferndale

Joel Eschbach

Meridian

Tanner Griffiths

Squalicum

Ben Henrickson

Bellingham

Jon Kihm

Meridian

Dane Larsen

Ferndale

Jonathan Larson

Bellingham

Thomas Mankle

Sehome

Zach Nolan

Bellingham

Kyle Reilly

Sehome

Travis Roosma

Lynden Christian

Kaden Sterk

Lynden Christian

Erik Vander Velden

Lynden Christian

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