Ezra Arneson of Lynden shot a 2-under-par 69 to lead the first day of the Class 2A Northwest District Boys’ Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16, at Skagit Golf and Country Club.
Thirty-five golfers advanced to the second round on Tuesday, May 17, which will determine the 17 qualifiers for next week’s state tournament.
Burlington-Edison’s Connor Atkinson, Archbishop Murphy’s Steve Shih and Bellingham’s Nick Nolan will join Arneson to form the top pairing.
Lynden coach Russ Dorr said he’s looking forward to seeing Arneson and senior Alex Crabtree, who is tied for 10th at 82, cement their trips to state tomorrow with a bit better play. The Lions’ Tore Olson also shot a 91 to advance to the second day
Arneson putting pieces together
After some struggles earlier in the season, Arneson, a Western Washington University golf commit, set the pace for the rest of the field on Monday.
Despite shooting 2-under-par, Dorr said that Arneson probably left a couple birdies out on the course.
“It’s not a shocker that he’s playing well,” Dorr said. “He’s ironing out those kinks just in time.”
Nolan to bounce back
Nolan struggled during the first day of the district tournament, but still sits in fifth place with a 77.
Nolan, who has committed to play golf at Gonzaga University, didn’t have his normal round and couldn’t get the ball close enough to the pin with his irons, Bellingham coach David Bobillot said.
However, the rest of the field is still wary of his talent.
“You can’t count him out tomorrow,” Dorr said. “He’ll get back after it.”
Sehome’s Kyle Reilly was tied for eighth after shooting an 81 the first day. He will be joined by teammates Andy Werner (82), Ian Hakeman (86) and Brady McDonnell (89) in Tuesday’s second round.
Nolan will be joined by Ben Henrikson (86), Zach Nolan (86) and Nolan Ferrier (90).
Squalicum will have four golfers competing Tuesday: Jacob Coon (89), Jason Lowry (89), Taylor Lenderman (90) and Chase Grimstead (91.
Jackson Bray’s 93 led Blaine’s contingent, but he missed the cut by a single stroke.