Young players help Knights capture state crown | Boys golf

Kim, Clogston tie for 5th place at 4A tournament
By David Pan | May 29, 2019
Photo by: Vic Alinen Kamiak’s Alex Kim, Alvin Kwak, Devin Kim, Daniel Kim, Josh Clogston, Whistler Pascual, assistant coach Christian Kim and head coach Vic Alinen celebrate the Knights’ team victory in the 4A state boys golf tournament Wednesday, May 22, at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane.

Kamiak came into the 4A state boys golf championships as one of the favorites.

The Knights’ lineup including four seniors, two of whom placed in the top 20 at last year’s meet.

But it was a freshman and a sophomore who propelled Kamiak to a state title Wednesday, May 22, at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane.

Freshman Daniel Kim and sophomore Josh Clogston both shot 3-over-par 147 over two days to tie for fifth place and help the Knights finish atop the leaderboard for the fourth time in school history.

The Knights took first place with a total score of 597, three strokes ahead of defending champion Gonzaga Prep (600) and six strokes ahead of Eastlake (603).

Kamiak coach Vic Alinen credited the Knights’ depth for the victory.

“From one to six, we had depth. Everybody was a good golfer,” he said. “It was my younger guys, Daniel and Josh, that really played lights out. Those two boys sealed the win for us.”

All six Knights advanced to the second day of the tournament. Senior Devin Kim, Daniel’s older brother, tied for 10th with a 149. Senior Alvin Kwak tied for 23rd with a 154 and senior Alex Kim tied for 50th with a 164. Senior Whistler Pascual tied for 59th with a 168.

“I knew we had a strong team coming into the state championships,” Daniel Kim said. “That boosted my confidence overall.”

Kamiak trailed Gonzaga Prep by two strokes after the first round of play Tuesday, May 21.

“We actually were more confident being behind than holding the lead,” Daniel Kim said. “Alvin said that we’d rather chase a lead than maintain a lead.”

Daniel Kim shot a solid a 70 in the first round and then rallied to a 77 on the second day. The Kamiak freshman overcame a quadruple bogey midway through the round by shooting a pair birdies.

“Overall the state tournament went pretty well as a freshman,” Daniel Kim said.

Alinen was impressed by Kim’s poise after hitting two balls out of bounds.

“That would have blown anybody else out of the water. They would have quit,” Alinen said of Kim’s quadruple bogey. “He just regrouped and started battling.”

But if Alinen were to pinpoint a reason for Kamiak’s success at the state tournament, he would cite Clogston’s solid play.

“The guy is amazingly steady. He doesn’t panic. He doesn’t get worried,” Alinen said. “His scores showed that he is so improved from last year. … The character that those two young guys showed in a pressure situation was amazing.”

Clogston did not advance to the second day of last year’s state tournament. This time he started out with a first-round score of 75 and followed up with a 72.

“This year I felt a lot more confident,” Clogston said. “More experience always helps dealing with pressure.”

Clogston added that playing with his four senior teammates helped his game.

“I did have to elevate my game playing with them the last two years,” he said. “We’re teammates, but we’re also competitors.”

The state title capped an unforgettable season for the Knights, which won every meet and tournament this season.

“It’s the first time in the history of our school in every match we played we won,” Alinen said. “We’ve had three other state championship teams. None of them from top to bottom are as good as this one.”

The four seniors were a big part of the reason for the Knights’ success. All four plan to continue their golf careers in college.

“I’m going to miss them,” Alinen said. “How honored I have been as a coach to be a part of their lives.”


KAMIAK, MARINER PLACE IN TOP 10: Kamiak’s Jane Kim shot a 7-over-par 151 over two days to finish eighth at the 4A state girls golf championships Wednesday, May 22, at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane. Mariner’s Jazz Caparas finished 10th with a 154. Kamiak’s Regina Park tied for 19th with a 162. Teammates Heeyun Suh finished 62nd with a 201 and Megan Martin placed 65th with a 208. The Knights were seventh overall in the team standings.

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