Boys golf earns KingCo crown

Grant Otter tees off during a boys golf game earlier in the season. - Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter
Grant Otter tees off during a boys golf game earlier in the season.
— image credit: Megan Managan/Mercer Island Reporter

The Mercer Island boys golf team notched a huge win on Monday, beating Woodinville, to earn the KingCo title.

The meet was the first time Woodinville had lost the KingCo crown in four years and the first time in five years that the team lost on its home course.

“The boys stepped up, shooting even par as a team,” said head coach Tyson Peters. The Islanders finished with a 180 to Woodinville’s 181. Sophomore Charlie Kern finished three under par, while Kyle Code was two under.

Peters said the last WHS player of the night had the chance to tie the match, but his birdie putt barely missed, giving Mercer Island the win.

“It was a very exciting and impressive match. This was the lowest score MIHS has recorded this year; great timing,” said Peters.

The team has two more games this week to wrap up the KingCo crown, Peters said. They also remain undefeated.

The team traveled to play Ballard on Tuesday afternoon, after Reporter deadline, and will host Inglemoor on Thursday at Twin Rivers Golf Course. Postseason play begins Oct. 12.

In the meet against Bellevue, the Islanders beat the Wolverines 187 to 209 in a stroke play game. Sophomore Charlie Kern took first place at the event with 36 strokes. There was a three-way tie for second place between Kirby Ingram, Crawford Leeds and Cole Hendrickson with 37 strokes. Brandon Shin earned fifth place with 38 strokes.

Against Bothell, at Wayne Golf Course, with a course par of 34 strokes, Mercer Island won 183 to 194. Kern once again won the afternoon, shooting two under par at 32 strokes. Kyle Code finished third with a 36, while Kirby Ingram was tied for fifth with teammate Crawford Leeds at 38 strokes apiece.

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