Dane de Quillettes, last year’s 1A state golfing champion is on his way to a repeat performance this year. In a previous match, Dane studies the lay of a green prior to his put on Hole 3 at the Lake Chelan Municipal Golf Course.
Chelan continues to play excellent golf
By Richard Uhlhorn
According to Coach Jim Oscarson, both the boys and girls golf teams are leading the league right now. Helping Chelan’s effort are Dane deQuillettes and Kelli Bowers, both last year’s State Champions in the 1A division.
deQuillettes and Bowers are both leading the league, neither of whom have lost a match this year and are on track to qualify for another state trip and possibly a state championship again this year.
Chelan’s boys beat Okanogan as a team 315 to 376 with deQuillettes leading the way with a 5 under par game on 18 holes at the Chelan course. “That’s the lowest round a Chelan golfer has ever shot,” said Oscarson. “It’s probably the lowest 18 hole score in the league ever. I seem to remember a 69 shot two years or so ago.”
It’s not just deQuillettes play that has Oscarson excited. “All six of our varsity squad have a good chance of qualifying for the state tournament this year. Potentially, we could be taking a full team to state.”
Senior Cam Reister continues to improve on his game. He shot a 2-over par 74 against Okanogan, shooting 36 on the front nine and 38 on the back nine. He was followed by Dan Campbell, who shot an 80 and Johnny Griffiths who shot a 94.
Griffiths has the potential to shoot in the 80s and needs to do that to get to the state tournament,” said Oscarson.
Asked if there are any other boy golfers out there who could challenge deQuillettes, Oscarson said, “There are some pretty good golfers out of the Chewelah area, but I don’t think they are shooting anything near what Dane is. That doesn’t mean that it will be a cakewalk to repeat his championship.”
Over on the girls side, Kelli Bowers continues to be unbeaten on the golf course. “She is totally leading the league,” said Oscarson. “I don’t think she has had anyone beat her in the past two years… maybe one, but I don’t think so.” Bowers, who is only a sophomore, also won the State Championship last year as a freshman and seems to be on track to potentially repeat.
Okanogan did not field a girls team, but Chelan played the 18 hole course against each other and the one single girl golfer Okanogan fielded.
Bowers led that pack, shooting a credible 80, a full 34 strokes beneath Chelan’s second player, Daneijha Wigel who shot a 114. Michelle Munneke shot a 127 and was followed by Sarah Blixt with a 129 for a total team score of 450.
Chelan travels to Cascade on Thursday, April 24. The girls attend the girls only Suncadia Invite on Tuesday, April 29. Districts will be held in Leavenworth on May 5 and Chelan will host the Regional Tournament on May 13.