Bainbridge High overpowers Nathan Hale in boys golf

Tommy Zech of Bainbridge Island watches his shot during the Spartans first match of the season Tuesday against Nathan Hale.   - Brian Kelly / Bainbridge Island Review
Tommy Zech of Bainbridge Island watches his shot during the Spartans first match of the season Tuesday against Nathan Hale.
— image credit: Brian Kelly / Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge bested Nathan Hale in varsity boys golf Tuesday on the par-36 back nine at Wing Point Country Club.

The Spartans won, 140 points to 75 points, in their opening match of the season.

The low five scores from both teams combined were: Casey McKay (BHS) 34; Sam Warkentin (BHS) 36; Matt Bourland (BHS) 40; John Lunzer (BHS) 42; and Ryan Zuzelski (BHS) 42.

Bainbridge Coach Tom Zuzelski said he was encouraged by his team's play this week.

"Casey McKay had a great round; he shot minus-2 with a double bogey," he said.

"Sam Warkentin played great. He played better than what I thought he would from the mental side of it," Zuzelski said.

"That's what I hope he will continue to do. That's all I'm asking from him: Give me even par."

That said, Warkentin, the coach added, has the skills to surpass his expectations.

"He's capable of going 4 deep every time he goes out," Zuzelski added.

Other Spartans also earned a nod after their first match of the season.

"I was pleasantly surprised by Matt Bourland's play again. He was rock solid; it was great to see that," Zuzelski said.

"With the way they played, they played OK, they played good. But none of them played to their potential," he added.

"And if you ask any of them, they will tell you the same thing."

There's nothing negative about that, though, Zuzelski said.

Instead, it's a testimony to the talent that's waiting to be tapped among his golfers.

"It's going to be frightening if they all play well. If they all play good at the same time, it's going to be scary."

The next match for Bainbridge Island is against Cleveland, Franklin and Chief Sealth at West Seattle Golf Course on Monday, Sept. 10.



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