Golf: Sequim’s Sweet takes the swing at Whitworth

Ben Sweet takes his departures to the east.

Sweet signed a letter of intent in January to join the men’s golf team at Whitman College in Walla Walla this fall.

The Whitman Golf Program recently joined the top 25 golf schools in Division III.

As a junior, Sweet finished second in the Olympic League tournament in April 2021, leading Wolves to a league title.

As a rookie, Sweet finished tied for 21st in the 2A State Tournament and was named to the Olympic League first team, with Wolves placing second on the team. (Its second season, along with all other spring sports, was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID outbreak).

Ben Sweet of Sequim takes the first hole of an Olympic League golf game in April 2021. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

Ben Sweet of Sequim takes the first hole of an Olympic League golf game in April 2021. Sequim Gazette file photo by Michael Dashiell

“Ben is a fiery competitor and a student of the game,” said SHS coach Sean O’Mera. “In an individual sport like golf, Ben’s team attitude says a lot about him.”

O’Mera recalled one of Sweet’s shots in a four-on-one playoff for the Individual League Championship in 2021: “Ben hit one of the best shots I’ve seen in competition, a towering iron 7 of 165 meters directly above the flag for 10 feet. He hit that shot in front of a crowd of nearly 60 people. Really amazing.

O’Mera said: “Coaching is a pleasure. I’m sad to see him go. Whitworth has a great player and an even better person!