Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review - Spartan senior Andy Becker at the first tee during the home match against Ingraham.

Bainbridge boys up 133-90 over Rams, remain undefeated

The Spartans stayed stellar Tuesday, bested the visiting Ingraham Rams 133-90 and continuing their so far perfect season.

The Bainbridge High varsity boys golf team thus advanced their overall season record to 5-0 (3-0 in conference). They are tied for the sixth-place spot in the Metro League with Seattle Preparatory.

Roosevelt High holds the top spot (5-1 in conference), and West Seattle, the second (5-2).

The Spartans were led Tuesday by senior Andy Becker, who managed a final score of 35 on the Par 35 course at Wing Point Golf &Country Club, the best score of the match.

Fellow Spartan senior Brooks Lierle managed a 38, though no other player on either team scored lower than 40.

BHS Head Coach Austin Hurt said he was very happy with how the squad had been playing, but was reticent to be too excited as the hardest tests of the year were most definitely yet to come — specifically, Friday’s away match against Lakeside.

“It’s probably going to be our toughest match of the season,” Hurt said. “The kids are looking forward to that.”

The Spartans tee off against Lakeside in West Seattle at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, and, whatever the outcome, Hurt said he expects the usual Spartan grace to be on full display.

In fact, he insists on it.

“There’s a fine line between cocky and positive,” the coach said. “You can be positive to the point of cocky, but when you get to that cockiness line — arrogance can get you in trouble.

“I like them to be respectful,” Hurt said. “I think the moment they’re not respectful, that’s when they cross the line between confidence and cockiness. If you’re being disrespectful to the other team, that’s a no-go in my book.”

The season up to now, Hurt, now in his second year at the helm, said had been very gratifying, and he fully expects the team to be a serious contender for the league title.

“We’re happy with our performance,” he said.

“I think we’ve got the right guys doing the right things; seniors are stepping up, scoring averages are great. I don’t think we have a scoring average on varsity that’s above a 43 or 44 stroke average, which — considering who we lost last year … those kind of guys were leaders of the team that really upheld a lot of scoring last year for us — it’s good.”

The Spartans will return home to host Ballard High School at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, and then hit the road to play West Seattle the very next day before returning to Wing Point again to face off against Garfield Monday, Oct. 9.

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