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Mount Si golfers hunting for state championship

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Golf coach Garrick Phillips is riding high among coaching


circles these days after placing fifth in state with boys basketball and third in


state with boys golf last year.


But this year, the expectation is that he will finally get to hang a


state championship plaque on his wall for coaching this year's golf team


at Mount Si. Expectations for the team are high, with six players


returning from last year's championship-caliber group.


"The kids have that expectation of winning the state championship


this year. I don't want to make it sound like that if we don't, I will be


disappointed in my kids," said Phillips. "That's


not the case."


Leading the pack of players will be senior Sean Fallows, who put in


a strenuous summer of play to prepare for this year's team. Fallows


finished second in the Washington Junior Golf Association's district tournament


and took sixth in the state tournament.


Backing up Fallows on the greens is junior Sean Armstrong.


Armstrong took honors in Kingco last season, scoring with an average of 34.8


strokes per nine-hole match.


Depth is the key to this Wildcat team when comparing it to


other KingCo teams. Erik Larson, a junior, whose father is the pro at Tall


Chief Golf Course in Fall City, will likely add several medallist honors to


his record. Derek Lee, also from last year's squad, is a seasoned player,


as are Aaron Svarthumle and David Labelle.


But beyond the six returners from last year are five newcomers who


will have a chance to notch varsity scores: Brandon Proudfoot, a junior,


Brett Fallows, a sophomore and younger brother to Sean, Jay-Michael


Johnson, a senior, Andy Divers, a sophomore and Travis Anderson a senior.


"We have 12 strong golfers this year," said Phillips. "They changed


our league around. All 10 players can play for a varsity score this year which


is more opportunity for our players and a benefit to us because we have a


really deep team."


The Wildcats are also a cohesive team in what many term as an


individual sport. "Fallows and Armstrong have done a good job of reaching


out and helping the younger kids, making them feel accepted,


especially," Phillips said. "They have been


around and have played in a lot of tournaments."


Guiding his team to a state championship is never far from his


mind, though. "It will make it a lot easier


if we could get four or five people into the state tournament to take first,"


he said.


But KingCo is a tough league again this year. "Mercer Island has


a pretty good team again this year," said Phillips. "Newport will be


pretty strong. Bellevue has another good team this year. We play Newport


and Mercer Island away, but we play Bellevue at home, and that will be


an advantage for us. They were the only team that beat us last year. We had


to play them at Overlake Country Club, which is a private course, so that


was tough."


Last year's top team, Lakeside, lost one of its top players. Seattle Prep


finished second in front of the `Cats at the state championship.


However, Wildcats beat both teams in district play, a good indication that Mount


Si will be one of the top teams to beat through the fall.




At a glance:



Coach: Garrick Phillips, second year.


Top returners: Sean Fallows, senior, Erik Larson, junior,


Sean Armstrong, junior, Derek Lee, junior, Aaron Svarthumle, senior,


David Labelle, senior.


Top newcomers: Brandon Proudfoot, junior, Brett Fallows,


sophomore, Jay-Michael Johnson, senior, Andy Divers, sophomore,


Travis Anderson, senior.


Last year's record: 10-1, first-place finish in KingCo 3A,


first-place finish in districts, and third in state.


Varsity golfers returning from playoff


team: all six.


Outlook: Mount Si has the talent to be the state champs.


Foregoing any overconfidence, team members should realize that goal and


give Garrick another trophy to put on his wall as a coach. Fallows and


Armstrong should take medallist honors at most matches.


Mount Si golfers hunting for state championship



Boys' Golf Schedule:




Contest starting times: May be different for each course and school.


Home matches played at Mount Si Golf Course.


Bold indicates home matches.


Sept. 7, at Mercer Island


Sept. 11, Issaquah


Sept. 14, at Newport


Sept. 18, Sammamish


Sept. 21, at Interlake


Sept. 25, Cedarcrest


Sept. 28, Bellevue


Oct. 2, at Skyline

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