Kamiak’s four seniors looking for a strong finish | Boys golf

Experience should be major asset for talented Knights
By David Pan | Apr 10, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak should be a contender for the 4A state championship this season with seniors Alex Kim, Whistler Pascual, Alvin Kwak and Devin Kim (left to right), who are coached by Vic Alinen (center).

Kamiak’s four seniors are ready to make some more memories in their final season of high school golf.

Alvin Kwak, Devin Kim, Whistler Pascual and Alex Kim – all advanced to last year’s 4A state boys tournament and led the Knights to a fifth-place overall finish.

Along with sophomore Joshua Clogston, another state returner, and freshman Daniel Kim, Devin Kim’s younger brother, the Knights are poised for another strong postseason run.

“It’s going to be fun because we’ve been with each other for the whole four years,” Devin Kim said. “I think this year we have the best chance to win state.”

Kwak tied for fifth, while Devin Kim finished in a tie for 18th at last year’s state tournament. Two years ago, Devin Kim and Kwak tied for fifth and 10th, respectively.

Kamiak coach Vic Alinen noted that Kwak and Devin Kim both came into the program as top-notch players. The other two seniors – Alex Kim and Pascual worked hard to improve their games.

“Alex and Whistler, they have committed to becoming great players,” Alinen said. “That commitment spills over onto the rest of the team. … All of them have really gotten better, better and better.

“The fun thing is that this team, all four of them, they compete against each other.”

Three of the four seniors will be continuing their golf careers in college. Alex Kim is headed to U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Kwak will be playing golf at Columbia University and Pascual is planning to attend Western Washington.

“They’re smart kids,” Alinen said. “They’re student athletes.”

Pascual, who also played basketball, brings a more sociable personality to the team that has benefited the entire program.

“Because he’s a two-sport athlete, he knows how to inspire the other guys,” Alinen said. “Many times these guys, other than Whistler, they’re not the gregarious, outgoing types. But Whistler brings that, which is a beautiful blend to our team.”

As talented as the senior class is, the Knights’ underclassmen also are starting to emerge as players to be watched. Daniel Kim and Clogston both have won tournaments this season.

Daniel Kim also has competed and had success in national tournaments. So even after this year, Alinen expects Kamiak to remain a strong team.

“These two kids bring a high level of competition and what they do is they inspire the JV guys, which are all ninth graders,” the Kamiak coach said. “Four of those boys are going to step up to the varsity level next year.”

For now, the Knights are aiming to capture their 10th straight district championship.

Alinen said that part of the reason for Kamiak’s success is their home course – Harbour Pointe.

“We’re blessed to play here,” Alinen said. “This is the toughest course in Snohomish County and we get to play it every day and that adds to their ability to compete at the highest level.”

 

KNIGHTS CAPTURE DOLAN INVITE: Kamiak’s Alvin Kwak shot a 5-under-par 67 to take first place and lead the Knights to the team title at the Tom Dolan Memorial Invitational Monday, April 8, at the Everett Golf & Country Club. Kwak previously won the title during his sophomore year in 2017. Teammate Devin Kim finished third with a score of 69. Kamiak’s Daniel Kim and Joshua Clogston tied for fourth with a 75 and Whistler Pascual took 17th.

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