With a small wiggle of his driver, Aberdeen’s Devin Daniels got his first tee shot off with no problem at Highland Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon.
Sitting in the No. 3 spot for the Bobcats, Daniels’ tee shot epitomized his team’s day against rival Hoquiam — high, straight and cutting the dog-leg corner without trouble.
Just in time for next week’s district tournament, Aberdeen put together its best match round of the season to easily cruise by Hoquiam, 161-190, in their non-league boys golf match.
The Bobcats’ Eric Hagen and Keegan Bridges, as the first group of the afternoon, shared medalist honors at 39. Hoquiam’s Tristian Stutesman and Zach Emerson, also in the same group, led their team with dual 41s.
From there, it was all Aberdeen.
“We had our most consistent round of the season and the best round of the season,” AHS head coach Harley Revel said. “I was happy. It is the right time to be playing well. Four of the six kids beat their average. We haven’t had that kind of a round all season. We’ve had a roller-coaster season.”
Even if this match, played on Hoquiam’s home course, was played under Aberdeen’s league rules — five scoring golfers compared to four — the Bobcats would have shot 210, 11 strokes better than any round this season.
“Aberdeen has the deeper depth and they played better,” HHS head coach Larry Dublanko said. “Our first group stayed with their first group pretty well. However, after that, you could tell that they had the numbers.”
Coach Revel and his staff also mixed up their lineup. Daniels, who has been at the No. 1 spot at times this season, moved to No. 3 and comfortably outplayed his group with a 41.
“We did that on purpose,” Revel added. “We wanted to shake them up and pair them up with people they may play better with. It has been an up-and-down season for every player. No one has been totally consistent this season. I hope things are starting to come together. It is the time of the year where things have to come together.”
Today, Aberdeen will travel to Olympia Golf & Country Club for an 18-hole league jamboree. On Monday, Hoquiam will begin District IV 1A play at Three Rivers Golf Course in Kelso.
Bobcats 161, Grizzlies 190
Aberdeen (161) — Eric Hagen 39, Keegan Bridges 39, Devin Daniels 41, Justin Cox 49, Jordan Wyberg 53, Stuart Ball 42.
Hoquiam (190) — Tristian Stutesman 41, Zach Emerson 41, Tahcoy Ibabao 55, Dylan Kaszmarczyk 55, Mack Najar 53, Colby Crowell 61.