On the ride home from a cold morning at the district tournament, Mount Si junior Sebastian Gant and head coach Brandon Proudfoot chatted about the future.
Gant, Mount Si’s top-scoring golfer at SeaKing, had scored a respectable 79 on the par-72 course, good for 26th, and an outside chance at state. Gant had hoped for better, but had moved beyond disappointment.
“He’s talking about what tournaments I can get in the winter, the spring, What should I be doing?” Proudfoot told the Record.
That’s a promising sign. Gant is one of Mount Si’s players on the cusp. If he and his teammates work hard and grow between now, the state tournament, and next fall, Mount Si can expect to go much farther.
“He’s getting close to breaking through a scoring plateau,” said Proudfoot. “He’s got all the tools. He hits the ball a long way, he’s smart, he thinks his way around the course, which is something not all high school kids have.”
Gant and Joe Steenvoorde represented Mount Si in the district championships, held Monday, Oct. 22, at Willows Run Golf Course’s Eagle’s Talon 18-hole layout in Redmond.
Steenvoorde, a sophomore, shot 88, for 39th. He and Gant qualified the week prior at Redmond.
While Gant was among the top five all season, Steenvoorde worked his way up from further back this season, slowly climbing the roster.
He played very well and qualified for districts at league with a score of 81 (Gant scored 80). With scores of 86, Alex Nelson, Jake Archambeau and Marcus Deichman, only just missed the cut to districts, which had dropped this year to 83 strokes. Reed Pattenaude was just behind with a score of 91.
“I was happy that all of them were close to that line,” said Proudfoot.
It’s a tougher league this year for Mount Si. Interlake, a 2A state titleholder, moved down into 3A, bringing a stable of strong players with it.
At the same time, two schools left, dropping two berths to districts.
Allocations to state aren’t made until spring, but the odds are long for a state visit for Gant; the top 22 players went last year.
Still, “We won’t know until spring,” Proudfoot said.
The state must balance 80 slots across all districts for state play.
SeaKing conditions Monday were cold, with rain on the back nine. The cold makes it harder to feel your shots. The ball doesn’t sail as far.
But conditions are the same for anyone. There’s no advantage, except for those with experience.
On the weekends prior to both tournaments, the Mount Si team played in the rain, acclamating to the cold. The boys weren’t excited about it, but the experience helped, and it probably saved a few strokes.
With a young team—no seniors, and junior leaders—”Everybody’s back,” Proudfoot said. Everyone will have to work hard for their spots. No one is safe.
He wants to see Mount Si players continue their play over the off-season. If their game is good enough, they won’t just be competing for berths—they’ll be competing to win.
In season honors, Mount Si’s Alex Nelson was named to the all-league second team, and Gant was an all-league honorable mention.
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Joe Steenvoorde smiles as he puts in a ball during district play.