Baker's Clara Bergman wins second-straight district title, while NV's Carson Linville improves on last year's second-place finish
BELLINGHAM – The Northwest Conference MVP can add district champion to his resume.
Nooksack Valley’s Carson Linville continued his tear through the prep boys golf scene this year as the senior nabbed medalist honors at the 1A District 1 boys golf tournament on Thursday at North Bellingham Golf Course.
The Linfield College signee shot a 72 for a three-stroke win over King’s Grayson Giboney (75) in a field of 44 golfers to improve on his second-place finish at districts last season.
“It feels really awesome,” Linville said. “It’s a lot of hard work that’s finally paid off.”
Linville recently earned NWC MVP after slicing through regular-season competition with a 75.3 average, edging Burlington-Edison’s Conrad Brown (75.5) and capping off a dominant campaign that included three wins and three runner-up finishes.
He didn’t jump out to the start he wanted on Thursday, however, as he missed a mid-range putt on the third hole that would have given him a comfortable cushion early on.
“I got off to a really bad start,” Linville said. “Just hung in there, knew there was a lot of holes left and just stuck it out. It’s golf. You can’t make them all. It’s a four and a half hour grind. It’s who can hang in there the longest and keep their head on straight.”
Linville rebounded and earned his second-straight trip to the 1A bi-district championships where he placed third last season. He tied for 10th at state last year as a junior and has just one goal in mind:
“Win state,” Linville said. “That’s the ultimate goal. I just want to give myself a chance on the second day. I just want a chance at it; that’s all I want.
On the girls side, Clara Bergman won her second-consecutive district title by shooting a 77 for a two-stroke win over La Conner’s Emma Worgum. Bergman, who placed 10th at state last season, also shot a 77 in last season’s district win. She finished fourth at state as a sophomore and ninth her freshman year.
Lynden Christian sophomore Grace Meyer was the second-highest finisher for Whatcom County, taking fourth place with a score of 88, matching her fourth-place finish last season at districts. Meyer, who was a state participant last year as a freshman, hopes to make it into day two at state and place.
“I’m not going to lie, I was slightly nervous,” Meyer said. “So it feels good. My coaches are super helpful. They’re my rock and they always help to calm my nerves. It’s nice because we’ve played this course before and I did this last year, so I had a little more confidence.”
The top-30 boys and top-24 girls at districts move on to the 1A bi-district championships at 10 a.m., Tuesday, at Jackson Park Golf Course in Seattle. The top-22 at bi-districts will earn a spot at the 1A state championships at noon, May 21 and 22 at Olympia Country Club in Olympia.
Other boys who qualified for districts are Lynden Christian’s Jon Den Hartog, third, (83); Lynden Christian’s Ty Hagen, fourth, (84); Mount Baker’s Ayden Rodriguez, fourth, (84); Mount Baker’s Quinn Murphy, seventh, (88); Nooksack Valley’s Austin O’Bryan, seventh, (88); Lynden Christian’s Will Plenkovich, ninth, (89); Mount Baker’s Rex Vandenhaak, 10th, (90); Meridian’s Jordan Naidu, 11th, (91); Lynden Christian’s David Kenner, 11th, (91); Nooksack Valley’s Tyler Kamphouse, 13th, (92); Lynden Christian’s Kolin Sterk, 16th, (95); Meridian’s Blake Van Den Top, 17th, (97); Nooksack Valley’s Nate Steele, 17th, (97); Nooksack Valley’s Cameron Bauman, 21st, (101); Lynden Christian’s Tate Bos, 22nd, (105); Mount Baker’s Logen Van Rijswijck, 26th, (107); Mount Baker’s Shain Woolf, 26th, (107); Nooksack Valley’s Colby Wichers, 29th, (109).
Other girls who advanced to bi-districts include Meridian’s Chloe Olson, sixth, (93); Nooksack Valley’s Jenna Tiemersma, 7th, (97); Nooksack Valley’s Molly Tiemersma, 10th, (102); Mount Baker’s Riley Chilcote, 13th, (104); Lynden Christian’s Sami Feenstra, 13th, (104); Lynden Christian’s Katie DeYoung, 18th, (109); Mount Baker’s Beth Wilson, 18th, (109); Lynden Christian’s Kiley Roetcisoender, 23rd, (113).