Golf

With the Astoria high School golf season in full swing, the origin of Golf itself is an interesting story to preface their progress.

Golf originated from the eastern side of Scotland where players hit pebbles around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs, and tracks using a stick or primitive club. Some historians believe that Kolvan of Holland and Chloe of Belgium influenced the game. The latter was introduced into Scotland in 1421. However these were still stick and ball games, which were still missing a vital component that makes golf special—the hole.

During the mid 15th century, Scotland was preparing to defend itself against the English invasion. The population's enthusiasm for golf, and soccer neglected the military, causing the Scottish parliament of King James II to ban both soccer and golf in 1457. The ban was reaffirmed in 1470 and 1491, but most people ignored the rule. Only in 1503 the Treaty Of Glasgow was adopted and the ban lifted. Golf’s status and popularity grew in the 16th century due to its royal endorsement by King Charles I. King Charles I popularised the game in England and Mary Queen of the Scots, who was French, introduced the game to France while she studied there. The premier golf course of the time was Leith, near Edinburgh. Indeed King Charles I was on the course when given the news of the Irish rebellion of 1641.

Closer to home, this year’s boys golf team got a new head coach, Faalaeo Poyer. There are 10 members on the boys golf team, and eight members on the girls golf team. There is one girl’s member that is doing golf and track at the same time.

The schedule for the boys golf is as follow—March 21st they will play at Scappoose. April 3rd they will play in Astoria. April 6th they will play Seaside at home. April 10th and 13th they will play at Banks and Valley Catholic. On April 17th, 24th, 27th, 28th there will all be home games against Tillamook, Seaside, Banks, and an Astoria invite. On May 8th-9th Astoria will hold regionals.

As the golf season starts senior Sergai Davis is really optimistic about this year's golf team. He says that this year will be a good year. They recently golfed at Astoria golf and Country Club against Seaside.With Kirk Fausett leading the way for Astoria with a score of 96. While the boys golf team was held at the Astorias country club, the ladies were playing at Meriwether National Golf Club, which was held in Hillsboro.