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A personal best drives Arlingtons game
MARYSVILLE The Arlington girls golf team had strong individual performances when the Marysville-Pilchuck team hosted five teams at Cedarcrest Golf Course April 19.
Unfortunately, despite playing at or above their usual game, the Eagles still finished fifth, behind M-P and Stanwood. The Oak Harbor and Lake Stevens teams tied for first with 92 Stableford points each.
Under the Stableford scoring system, players are awarded points for their play at a hole against par, making a high score desirable. Senior Adriane Lundays team-high 19-point game over nine holes was among the meets best performances of the day.
Thats a good score for her, said Arlington head coach Tony Unruh. She can hit in the 20s, but 19 is above average for her.
Everyone is shooting above average, he added.
Lunday has earned her stripes on the golf team. A four-year veteran of the team, Lunday is playing in the teams No. 1 position for the first time this year, Unruh said, adding that she plans to play when she attends Whitworth College in Spokane next year.
Two underclassmen helped boost the Eagles game with 14 points each. Tiffany Daggett fought off challenges from teammates for the honor of playing No. 2 in her first year on the team. The freshman showed she earned it at Cedarcrest, coming in second.
Unruh attributed her early success to playing golf with her family and the athleticism she gained after a season on the Arlington basketball team.
The teams other 14-point game came courtesy of another girl who plays extracurricular golf Ashley Heise.
Ashley is a sophomore who is probably lobbying for most improved player, Unruh said, adding that the teams No. 5 golfer has the added advantage of playing with her family, including brother Chad, who competes on the boys varsity team.
At a March 27 competition at Gallery Golf Course, Heise placed about 50th out of 60 golfers, but won the Long Drive Award for a tee shot on the second hole.
She just smashes it sometimes, her coach said.
The 14-point finish was Heises best in a match and makes her a candidate to play second or third for the team as Arlington shuffles its lineup for the remainder of the season.
None of the other Arlington players finished better than 10 points. No. 3 player Sarah Cain had 10 for Arlington, followed by sophomore Taylor Smith with 9 and Stephanie Davis 8 points.
The Cedarcrest invitational marked the end of the girls nine-hole matches. But the Eagles will begin their 18-hole competition in exciting fashion for the second year in a row, the girls of Arlington golf traveled to Cle Elum to play in an April 24 tournament hosted by Ellensburg at the new Suncadia golf resort.
Well be tired. Were not used to walking 18 holes, Unruh said of the teams new challenge. But I dont think it will change our scoring. The kids often get warmed up and play a better back nine.