Oak Harbor golfers defend home course

There’s no place like home.

At least that’s the case for the Oak Harbor boys golf team, who finished first in its WesCo North Division A match on Thursday, with a combined 391 strokes at Whidbey Golf and Country Club.

“It makes a big difference (playing at home),” head coach John Matzen said. “The guys coming in here have to make quick adjustments, while we’re already used to the course.”

Arlington, the nearest opponent, finished with at 403 strokes. Mount Vernon (405) and Stanwood (467) rounded out the competition.

Oak Harbor’s number two golfer, Matt Holmly and number three golfer, Chris Reedy, shared medalist honors with two-over-par 74s.

“For both players this would be a career best score as far as high school competition,” Matzen said.

Holmly, who is only a sophomore, has made great strides already in the young season.

“He’s been coming along really well,” Matzen said.

Holmly shot an even par 36 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine.

Reedy, a senior, struggled at times last year, but has picked up his game in his final season of high school competition.

“As of late, he’s been doing well,” Matzen said. “I’m just very, very pleased for him.”

The Wildcats’ number one golfer, Drew Bashor, had an off day, but still managed to shoot a solid 78.

“He was not up to where he perceives his score to be,” Matzen said.

Wes Loveng and Mike Poggie also had productive days, shooting 81 and 84 respectively.

“I put a challenge up to them and told them they have to be in the low 80s for us to compete,” Matzen said. “They both did a great job.”

Thursday’s match marked the first divisional competition for the Wildcats, who travel to non-league South Whidbey Tuesday, April 20, then face a strict diet of league competition until the end of the season.

“The home course is a big advantage, but now we have to go to other hard courses and be able to play,” Matzen said.

The next divisional match comes Tuesday, April 27 at Eaglemont Golf Course in Mount Vernon.

Oak Harbor--Reedy (co-medalist) 74, Holmly 74 (co-medalist), Bashor 78, Loveng 81, Poggie 84. Arlington--Godden 78, Conway 79, Cook 80, Hedlund 81, White 85. Mount Vernon--Valentine 76, Froling 79, Fredlund 81, Wolsledge 84, Harrsch 85. Stanwood--Lynn 89, Merrick 90, Abrams 93, Sloan 95, Westerman 100.

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