Glacier Peak girls golf coach Kelven May had his work cut out for him.
Going into this season, his team lost all six varsity players from a year ago and had just three junior varsity players returning — two of which showed up to tryouts without owning a set of clubs — and three new golfers — freshmen Megan Christie and Erika Stromerson and junior Isabella Seda — with little experience.
Predictably the season started rough with Glacier Peak scoring between 50-60 modified Stableford points in its matches and it wasn’t until midway through the season that it broke the 80-point barrier.
But things exploded in last week’s 3A Wesco tournament. Led by its No. 6 golfer, Seda, Glacier Peak finished with 202 modified Stableford points to surprise many with a second-place finish, seven points behind Shorewood.
“I was thrilled and to be honest a little surprised,” May said of the result. “I talked to Isabella midway through her round and she already had 20-plus points and I thought, ‘We’re going to have a good day.’ “
Seda finished with 47 points to take third, but she wasn’t alone as Dani Durand scored 45 and Kayla Brown 40. In fact, May said that if all six golfer had been counted, instead of just the top five, the Grizzlies would have been champs.
“Even though we won the league title, district title, and sent four girls to state in 2011, (the Wesco league tournament) is the proudest moment I’ve had as a coach,” May said.
Glacier Peak will try to back it up at the 3A District 1 tourney, which begins today at Lake Padden G.C.
“I told the girls that we’re playing with house money,” May said. “No matter what happens today I’m satisfied with the season. The girls have made so much progress. Whatever happens (today) is a bonus.”