After a tough loss last week to powerhouse Skyline, the Woodinville Falcons golf team finished the season with a 5-5 record and now have their sights set on the Kingco Tourney. It all starts Tuesday, October 22nd at the Snohomish Golf Course. The top 33 individual finishers from Kingco will qualify to move on to the District Tourney the following day.
From that point, the top 18 kids will qualify to participate in the State tournament.
Leading the charge for Woodinville on Tuesday will be the team’s top golfer, Joe Worley.
At 5’9" tall and 135 pounds, the junior may be slight of build, but he gets impressive distance off the tee. In addition, his attitude is an asset to the team, according to coach Terry Agnew.
"Joe is just a great kid," Agnew said. "He’s very steady and a nice kid. He’s a good teammate and his teammates like playing with him. Just a really nice young man who’s fun to be around."
Several weeks ago, when the Falcons were struggling with a 1-4 record, Worley and his teammates headed to the challenging Newcastle Golf Course to take on a strong Newport squad.
Worley was -2 under par, while teammate Brian Rutherford was -1.
The two Falcons finished first and second among the golfers that day, feeding off each other’s enthusiasm in the process.
That win over Newport kicked off a 4-game winning streak for Woodinville, with additional victories over Bothell, Garfield and Roosevelt.
Worley won every match during that stretch. "That’s an impressive feat," Agnew said.
All told, Worley heads into the Kingco tourney with six match play wins on the season. When asked about his best moments this year, he paused for a moment before answering.
"I shot a 32 at Echo Falls, which was the lowest score in 4A Kingco," he said. "On the 9th (hole), I stuck a wedge to like 3 feet (from the pin). I had a pitching wedge in hand. I was at 140 (yards out), and I choked down and hit it pretty flush. I hit like a 5-yard draw in there and it hit and stopped. I made the putt to shoot -4."
Worley was also asked what he likes best about golf.
"I love improving," he said. "I love seeing how good I can get. I love working on my swing and getting it as smooth as I can. I love seeing my ball in the air and making it do what I want it to do. And I love winning, I guess."
WHS golf team roster
Joe Worley 11
Brian Rutherford 11
Charles Mehrmann 12
Shane Malloy 11
Matt Whilham 11
River Richmond 11
Saif Mahmood 11
Ankit Tomar 11
Michael Seong 12
Hayden Faulk 11
Jake Tilly 10