Gdale boys win home meet on wet day
April 19, 2017
Goldendale head golf coach Ted Wilkins said that it had never rained during Goldendale's home golf match during his tenure as head coach.
Well it did more than rain last Wednesday during the Timberwolves' lone home match and opening South Central Athletic Conference meeting against the Warden Cougars and Naches Rangers.
The golfers did their best to remain dry, huddling under umbrellas while waiting their turn while one, senior Emily Hurst, wore a large pair of rubber boots to help with the slick, muddy course.
Senior Andrew Gerchak, for the second straight year, finished atop the leaderboard at his home course. At 1-under par 71, Gerchak finished first by a wide margin of 11 strokes over the second place finisher, his brother Luke.
Luke, a sophomore, followed Andrew with an 82 over 18 holes at Goldendale while the Timberwolves other two boys golfers finished the 18 holes in under 90 strokes, giving Goldendale a team score of 330, over 60 strokes lower than second place Naches.
After Luke Gerchak's 82, seniors Jace Enwards and Jess Beierle rounded out Goldendale's four boys with an 88 and 89 respectively. The top four golfers' scores on each team count toward the team's overall score. Glenwood's Andrew McFall has been practicing with Goldendale and competing individually in the matches, and shot a 134 last Wednesday.
After the Goldendale boys team score of 330, the Rangers followed with a 395 for second and the Warden Cougars boys rounded out the three teams with a team total of 421.
Neither Goldendale nor Warden had enough competitors to qualify on the girls side, giving the Rangers the team title with a four person combined score of 537.
Hurst led the field of girls with an 18 hole total of 112 strokes with Morgan Coyne finishing third overall out of the 10 golfers with 126 strokes. Aurora McLaughlin rounded out the group of Timberwolves with 134 strokes over 18 holes.
Last Wednesday marked the second straight year the home team was able to emerge with a group win.