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Boys golfers are District 2 champs

Bobby Campbell - RYAN SCHIERLING/Staff Photo
Bobby Campbell
— image credit: RYAN SCHIERLING/Staff Photo

Golf coach Doug Cook wanted to send five Bainbridge High players to the Metro League Championships.

He did, and the Spartans squeaked out a win over Seattle Prep by a single Stableford point, 399-398.

He also wanted to see five Bainbridge golfers at the District 2 Championships.

That happened as well, and in an impressive conclusion to their undefeated fall season Monday at Druid’s Glen Golf Course, the Spartan fab five played to a decisive district victory.

In a field made up of the top 26 golfers from the Metro League and the top 22 from Kingco 3A, senior Bobby Campbell, junior Hans Olson and sophomores Austin Hurt, Paul DeBarros and Rick Ulloa cracked the elite 24, good for a trip to the 3A state tournament at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick next May.

Campbell, DeBarros and Hurt shot three over par 75s, while Olson shot 76, and Ulloa had 77 on the difficult course.

Campbell, the Spartan’s captain for the past two years, capped his four-year high school golf career with another solid performance on the links, going only one over par on the short front nine and managing the more difficult back nine.

“The front side was easy, you could tear it up,” said Campbell. “The back was more precision golf, and I struggled a bit.”

“But my game is to try to play fearless golf,” Campbell added. “And this is one helluva way to go out. I’m happy that this was the season.”

Hurt took advantage of his outstanding front nine start by going three under par for the first three holes, breaking at one under on the front end of the course, and surviving the second nine.

“I thought about nothing,” said the sophomore. “I just played golf. It was a tough course, and most people wouldn’t have handled it well as we did as a team.”

For DeBarros, his 75 represented a pleasant rebound from Thursday’s disappointing 81. The same could be said for Ulloa’s 75, as he also shot 81 on Metro’s second day at Jefferson Park Golf Course.

Perhaps the most timely score was Olson’s 76, having started Metro with a round of 82, then coming back with a 75 on Thursday to qualify for Monday’s event.

Unlike the Metro matches which are scored by the Stableford system, the District tournament uses the point system employed at the state tournament. The system assigns points to players based on their order of finish, not taking into account the number of strokes between positions. The best score is awarded 50 points, the second-best score 45.

Thereafter, each lower position is awarded one less point, 44 for third, 43 for fourth, and so on. In case of ties, the points for all positions involved in the tie are added together and then divided by the number of players tied to determine the award for each player.

Because all players receive an award of points, having the maximum five players puts a team at a distinct advantage. Only Bainbridge and Issaquah had five entries for the District 2 Championship.

Each of the Spartan 75’s yielded 38 points, the 76 added 33 points, and the 77 was worth 26.5 for a team total of 173.5 points. Skyline took second with 124.5 and Bishop Blanchet was third with 101.5.

Campbell, despite the fact that he will graduate this year, is looking forward to the bright future of Spartan golf.

“I can’t wait to come back after the summer and watch these guys win state.”

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