The Mercer Island Islanders boys golf team won the KingCo 2A/3A tournament on Oct. 15 and 3A SeaKing golf tournament on Oct. 23. The Islanders will compete in the Class 3A state golf tournament this May. Photo courtesy of Tyson Peters

The Mercer Island Islanders boys golf team won the KingCo 2A/3A tournament on Oct. 15 and 3A SeaKing golf tournament on Oct. 23. The Islanders will compete in the Class 3A state golf tournament this May. Photo courtesy of Tyson Peters

Coming through in the clutch on the links

Mercer Island Islanders boys golf team dominates postseason tournaments.

When the pressure was on, the Mercer Island Islanders boys golf team simply delivered.

During the regular season, the Islanders lost dual matchups against the Interlake Saints and Bellevue Wolverines, finishing with an overall record of 7-2.

The Islanders redeemed themselves in the postseason when it mattered the most.

Mercer Island won the KingCo 2A/3A golf tourney on Oct. 15 and the 3A SeaKing golf tournament on Oct. 23. The SeaKing tournament title guaranteed the Islanders golf squad a berth at the Class 3A state tournament this May.

“It is very exciting largely because it is a rare accomplishment that only one team can achieve,” Mercer Island head coach Tyson Peters said of his team winning two postseason tournaments. “We performed very average during the regular season. The coaches and the kids knew how good we could be if it all could come together at the right time. Luckily for all of us it came together in the postseason. The guys definitely delivered when it counted.”

Peters said his squad benefited greatly from the format of postseason action. During the regular season, a dual matchup consisted of just nine holes. During the KingCo and SeaKing tournaments, competitors went through a full 18 holes.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who play tournament golf outside of high school, so they actually feel more comfortable in a 18-hole tournament setting than a nine-hole match because they feel like if you have more time to recover from mistakes then you stay more mentally positive and strong over the course of five hours,” Peters explained. “A lot of golfers when they get to postseason they kind of wilt as things go poorly over 18 holes but my team actually thrived in that situation.”

Members of the state-bound Islanders golf roster consisted of Lukas Ayan, James Watson, Ethan Evans, Jack Dilworth and Camdon Gierke. The alternate is Henry Watson. While Peters is ecstatic his team advanced to the state tournament, he wishes his team could compete sooner rather than later.

“It is frustrating because my guys are peaking right now and they will wish they were playing on Monday in the state tournament,” Peters said during a phone interview on a Friday night. “We just got to put it (competition) on ice for the next six months.”

More in Sports

Mercer Island High School sophomore Tegan Yuasa, center, stands on the top spot at the podium sporting a gold medal from the USA Judo Youth National Championships on March 10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa
Yuasa wins judo gold medal at national championships

Mercer Island High School sophomore Tegan Yuasa earned a gold medal in… Continue reading

Mercer Island Islanders senior shortstop Emily Rowe is the vocal leader of her squad. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Rowe runs the show for the Islanders

Mercer Island senior shortstop is the center of the action.

Panthers Youth Rugby holds spring registration

Panthers Youth Rugby is holding spring registration for players in grades 1-12.… Continue reading

A coveted goal is attained

Relentless work ethic pays dividends.

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Grace Fujinaga will continue her lacrosse career at the University of Pennsylvania. Shaun Scott, staff photo
Fujinaga is a dominant force on the lacrosse field

Mercer Island Islanders senior girls lacrosse player Grace Fujinaga hasn’t forgotten her… Continue reading

Auburn Riverside defenders bring down Kennedy Catholic’s Junior Alexander during North Puget Sound League Mountain Division action in Oct. 2018 at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Photo by Rachel Ciampi/Auburn Reporter
Lawmakers push concussion awareness and best practices in sports

SB 5238 requires University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center to compile research data

Swinging strong at state

Mercer Island’s Rachel Ressmeyer tied for 11th on bars at the 1A/2A/3A… Continue reading

Mercer Island Islanders senior wrestler Donnie Howard, left, battles against Yelm’s Derrick Platt, right in the Mat Classic Class 3A 195-pound championship match. Platt earned a 3-2 victory against Howard on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Sensational senior earns second place at Mat Classic

Mercer Island 195-pound wrestler Donnie Howard finishes a memorable career on the mat.

Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound weight division, earned three victories at the Mat Classic Class 3A state wrestling tournament on Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Billy Pruchno
Pruchno earns three victories at the Mat Classic

Mercer Island Islanders senior grappler Eli Pruchno, who competed in the 138-pound… Continue reading

Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state meet from Feb. 21-23 at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. Islanders athletes Ava Motroni (beam, vault), Emery Sampson (vault) and Rachel Ressmeyer (bars, floor, vault) will test their skills against the best gymnastics athletes in Washington at the state meet. Photo courtesy of Debra Gibbs
Three Mercer Island athletes will compete at gymnastics state meet

Three Mercer Island Islanders gymnasts will compete at the Class 3A state… Continue reading

Richardson earns top honors at state swim meet

Mercer Island senior takes pair of titles again.

Flying through the pool

Mount Si junior Nathan Harris competes in the 100 butterfly B final… Continue reading