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Roughriders win their first Higgins since 1982
Its been a long time since Port Angeles has had their school engraved on the Tim Higgins Memorial Tournament trophy.
The last time the Roughriders took the team title at the Kitsap Golf & Country Club was back in 1982, long before any of the teams underclassmen foursome were born and four years before Mark Mitrovich took over as coach.
They came close last year, tying with South Kitsap before losing in a one-hole shootout.
This time it was the Riders turn as they turned in the days best team score with a 304. Brett Short led the team with a 73, followed by Mike Rogers at 75, AJ Callis at 77 and Brett Short at 79.
This coudnt have happened to a nicer group of kids, Mitrovich said. I told them they could go out and do it if they played well.
Top individual honors went to North Kitsaps Andy Tolman who tied the tournament record (set by Souths Brady Sharp in 2001) with a 2-under-par 69.
Tolmans round on his home course included six birdies with four coming down the backstretch at Nos. 11, 15, 16 and 17. He had a chance to break the record until a 15-foot birdie putt just missed draining into the cup.
Brady told me I could break his record right before my putt, said Tolman, who played in the same foursome as Sharp (who finished with a 78).
And while Tolman plays at KGCC five times a week during the summer, on the other end of the spectrum was Klahowya senior Jared Ottmars first time on the course and his first time playing an 18-hole round.
This is terrible, absolutely terrible, said Ottmar when he realized his 106 was the days high. KSS coach Geoff Backlund said Ottmar usually shoots in the mid-to-high 40s over nine holes.
Ottmar wasnt the only one disappointed on the wet course.
We had some bad breaks when the golf gods werent smiling on us, Bremerton coach Chuck Huhta said.
The Higgins Memorial is the biggest preps-only tournament in the area which still surprises its creators.
I thought it would only go a couple of years, said Joe Higgins, who along with his wife Katie and daughter Pam host the popular event thats been a fixture on most schools golf calendar since 1965. We keep talking about how its all over every year and then here we go again.
The Higginses put on the tournament each year in honor of their son Tim, a former golfer at West Bremerton who died of natural causes in 1965.
Numbers were slightly down this year after Port Townsend pulled out to play a Nisqually League match at Vashon, leaving eight schools to compete. Yet the lustre surrounding the event hasnt tarnished.
The core schools rave about being here, said long-time supporter Mike Ogg, who also was the first Higgins medalist.