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First place par for the course
MARYSVILLE Three Arlington golfers placed in the top five at Cedarcrest Golf Course to win a five-team Wesco match April 17.
Arlington had the invitationals top scorer, or medalist, in junior Chad Heise. The teams No. 2 golfer finished the par 70 Cedarcrest course in 71 strokes, leading Arlington to the win over host Marysville-Pilchuck, Lake Stevens, Oak Harbor and Stanwood.
Lake Stevens, which finished second overall, produced the matchs second-best finisher in Bobby Sonsteng. Third- and fourth-place honors went to Eagles senior Alex Hedlund and freshman Jake Parduhn each finished the course in 75 strokes. The Eagles top five golfers finished the course in 384 strokes, 10 better than Lake Stevens and more than 30 ahead of the third-place Marysville team.
He was real consistent. He had a couple bogeys at the end. He had 14 greens out of 18 greens that day, so he was really consistent, hit the ball real well, Arlington golf coach Dan DeWitte said of the first-place Heise. He pretty much parred it on every hole except for a few there. Nothing spectacular, just played his game.
Arlingtons win came on the strength of close finishes among its top five golfers. Sophomores Dylan Hunton and Tyler Kent finished in the low 80s for the Eagles, their fourth- and fifth-place team finishes rivaling the top scores of their competition.
DeWitte said the players have a strong sense of cooperation, often revealing itself in the players final scores.
I think at Marysville we all played well. They kind of covered for each other really well. A couple players shot better than they usually play, he said. If somebody has a not-so-good round, somebody seems to pick it up, so theres good teamwork.
In a close Wesco league where a team can finish fourth in one match and tie for first in another like Stanwood did last week, Arlington has consistently performed among the top in the conference, winning or tying for first in every Wesco match this season.
Where other coaches might boast, DeWitte considers the teams storyline not particularly glamorous. His team is focused on preparing for divisional and district playoff competition.
Our goal is to win. The other goal is just to place as high as we possibly can during the divisional tournament, and get as many kids qualified for the state tournament as possible, DeWitte said. Were just going to go and do our best and not worry about the other people really.