Mount Si boys’ golf scores win, and a freshman is key yet again, 9-27

Keyed by another strong effort from their top freshman, the Wildcat boys’ golf team moved to 3-1 on the season with another victory yesterday, this over Lake Washington.

Alex Nelson joined junior Sebastian Gant on the medalist stage, as both fired rounds of 38 to lead Mount Si to a 195-210 victory (lower score wins) over the Kangs at Mount Si Golf Course in Snoqualmie. Marcus Deichman and Joe Steenvorde both carded 39’s to pace the Wildcat efforts.

“Good start to the season and we’re shaping up to be a much stronger team than I think everybody thought we would be going into the season,” said Mount Si coach Brandon Proudfoot, as his team is benefiting from the presence of freshmen such as Nelson, who has three rounds in the 30’s this fall, including one which beat Juanita’s star Frank Garber earlier this season. All three strong rounds earned Nelson all or part of medalist honors as a result. “He works hard, he comes out on his own time on the weekends and he’s a good athlete. I’ve been very impressed with his play,” Proudfoot said.

Nelson’s performance is not the only noteworthy one from the freshman class either. Earlier this week in a junior varsity match against Skyline at Sammamish’s Plateau Golf and Country Club, considered to be one of the more difficult courses on the Eastside, a Mount Si freshman competitor hit an eagle, or two strokes fewer than the number needed for an average hole score, on a hole there. Proudfoot believes his efforts in introducing kids to the sport at Mount Si Golf Course, where he works as an instructor, are now paying dividends. “That has been a big impact for us. I’ve seen a lot of the kids that were in the junior golf program out at Mount Si over the last couple of years are now coming up through the ranks,” he said.

Mount Si meets Bellevue and Mercer Island next week; the match with the Islanders could likely be for second place overall in the league. Proudfoot is excited about what lies ahead. “Watching this year going forward, Mount Si is only going to get stronger in golf,” he said.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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