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With single strokes deciding matches, Mount Si golf team reaches for consistency | Photo gallery
Jimmy Jacobson shook off a bad start last Wednesday, Oct. 2, and evened things out to stay in the top five.
One of Mount Si’s more consistent golfers this fall, Jacobson jumped from the middle of the pack to hit a peak in recent weeks.
In play at home against Mercer Island this week, “I dropped more strokes on the first hole than I did on the whole rest of the course.” But he made some critical putts and got back into the game.
“I was trying to avoid the big numbers,” he said. “Just keep your head, hit each shot the best you can.”
Mount Si won against Mercer Island with 191—just two strokes lower than the Islanders.
Duncan Kelly had a good day, hitting 37 on nine holes, as did freshman Peter Yoshikawa. In addition to Jacobson, Joe Steenvoorde hit 39, as did Jake Archambeau in his second-lowest score of the season.
Gavin Gorrell hit 40, and Reed Pattenaude and Nick McAlister shot 42.
“I had a lot of one-putts,” said Steenvoorde, his great putting making up for a few not-so-stellar shots. “It wasn’t an amazing round, but it worked. It was just chasing after pars, kind of a scramble.”
He’s having a good season, getting into the top five in all matches. Snacking on a halved hot dog following Wednesday’s play, Steenvoorde, a junior, described his competitive approach. “If they hit a good shot, I want to match it, or do better. My goal is to make it to league, then go to districts, by perfecting my swing and working on my putts.”
As Jacobson knows, golf can be challenging. Every course, every game is different. “There are so many different shots, ways to play, different holes,” he said. “It’s always new.” Jacobsen praised the team’s freshmen, Yoshikawa and Gorrell: “They’ve both been pretty good this year.”
Breaking the streak
The 2013 squad has a lot of depth. Where it needs to come through is in individual consistency. During the regular varsity season, coach Brandon Proudfoot plays 10 boys and counts five scores, and he usually has five boys come home with decent scores. But it’s not always the same five. Steenvoorde and Jacobson have been getting increasingly stable, low scores. Proudfoot is waiting to see who else solidifies their scores.
His top 14 golfers “are all capable of shooting even par.”
The KingCo league itself has gotten considerably tougher in recent years. There’s far more parity now, says Proudfoot. Of eight teams, seven are contenders, and matches are decided by as little as a stroke.
Mount Si’s record is 4-2. They host Liberty at home on Tuesday, then head into the postseason. Coach Proudfoot will select the best six to continue on to league play and beyond. League, district and state play is 18 holes, unlike the regular season, so stamina plays a key role. Follow the team at www.kingcogolf.com.
Mount Si boys golfers; Not pictured, Tanner Simpson.
Duncan Kelly lines up a shot on the green of the ninth hole.
Joe Steenvoorde drives on the ninth hole.
Jake Archambeau drives on the ninth at Mount Si.
Archambeau and Kelly.