Community sports roundup: Local wins senior state golf tournament

Mill Creek’s John McDonald claims the title at the Washington Super Senior Men’s Amateur tournament.

Mill Creek’s John McDonald proved to be the best super senior golfer in the state.

McDonald shot a three-round score of 7-over 223 to claim the championship at the Washington Super Senior Men’s Amateur golf tournament held Tuesday through Thursday at Walla Walla Country Club.

McDonald bested Bill Herron of College Place by one stroke to win the tournament for players ages 65 and over. It was his first state title.

McDonald was one of several Snohomish County residents who fared well in recent golf tournaments.

Jackson High School graduate Jordan Brajcich, now a senior on the University of Rhode Island men’s golf team, tied for third at the Northwest Open Invitational held Aug. 17-18 at Winc Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla. Brajcich, representing Mill Creek Country Club, shot a two-round score of 8-under 136 to finish two strokes behind the winner, Nathan Cogswell of Meridian Valley Country Club.

Wayne Clark, the head professional at Walter Hall Golf Course in Everett, tied for 10th at the Pacific Northwest PGA Senior Professional Championship held Sept. 2-3 at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Washington. Clark shot a two-round score of 7-over 151, finishing 10 strokes behind the champion, Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club.

Paul Houvener of Mill Creek tied for 10th at the Senior Men’s Amateur held Tuesday through Thursday at Walla Walla Country Club. Houvener shot a three-round score of 6-over 222, which was nine strokes behind the winner, Tom Brandes of Bellevue.

Kessler named Steelheads indoor coach

The Snohomish County FC Steelheads have named Jim Kessler as the first coach of its new indoor men’s soccer team. Kessler, a 1994 graduate of Snohomish High School, has a wealth of indoor soccer experience from his time with the Snohomish Skyhawks.

The Steelheads are joining the Western Indoor Soccer League, which is scheduled to begins its season in November. Open tryouts are being held Oct. 9-10 at the Snohomish Sports Dome.

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