Strong junior class back for the Knights | Boys golf

By David Pan | Mar 28, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Juniors Alvin Kwak and Devin Kim both advanced to last year’s state tournament. Kim finished fifth and Kwak placed 10th.

The Kamiak boys golf team is ready to make another strong postseason push.

The Knights bring back its core of talented juniors, who led the team to a 4A District championship and a third place finish at the state tournament.

Devin Kim, Alvin Kwak, Alex Kim and Whistler Pascual give Kamiak a lineup that is both deep and experienced.

“They are the four guys that have been the heart and soul of this team the past three years,” Knights coach Vic Alinen said.

Three of the four competed at the state championships. Devin Kim tied for fifth, while Kwak finished in 10th with three other players. Alex Kim missed the cut by four strokes.

Alinen also is excited by the play of freshman Joshua Clogston, who currently is No. 4 in the lineup.

At last year’s state meet, Devin Kim started out strong with a first round score of 68, one stroke behind the eventual winner, Joe Highsmith of Bellarmine Prep. Kim then struggled with a 77 in the second round to fall out of contention.

“During the first round I was hitting everything good,” Kim said. “I had no missed shots. I was putting pretty well. The second round I kind of felt nervous. I was in the second to last group.”

Should Kim find himself in similar circumstances this season, he’ll be better prepared to handle the pressure. Kim played a number of tournaments last summer where he finished in the top 2 or top 3.

“I’ve learned from the experience,” he said.

Kwak shot a 74 in the first round and then finished with a 72 in the second round. Kwak came out swinging in the first round.

“I was a little too aggressive trying to win,” Kwak said. “Then the second day … I just wanted the team to finish well and I played much better.”

Kwak added that this season he plans to approach each meet and postseason tournament the same regardless of the stakes.

“I’ll just play like it’s any other tournament,” he said.

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