Ramstein girls, boys wear 2018 Euros crowns

Stories and photos by
Thomas Warner
contributing writer

Golfers at the 2018 Euros included (from left) Coach Steve Kennedy, KHS’s George Stephan and Mathias Perrin, RHS’s Christian Angeles, Chandler Payton, Micah Webb, Ben Todman, Eli Rothas, Lauren Sutherland, Harley Parks, Coach Steve Brewster, and DODEA champion Phoebe Shin. Photo submitted by the Ramstein Royals

Phoebe Shin completed the fall golf season by winning the DODEA Europeans golf tournament last week at Wiesbaden’s Rheinblick course. Shin’s top performance with 90 Points was followed by other Ramsteiners in second and third places to give the Lady Royals the team title, as well.

Shin, Lauren Sutherland, and Harley Parks made up a strong Lady Royals contingent and Shin, a senior who hopes to pursue a medical career, was the leader after the first day of the tourney. It was the 10th time in the past 12 seasons that Ramstein has won the girls’ links Europeans.

“I’m not sure any team has ever scored higher than we did at this year’s Euros,” said Ramstein coach Steve Kennedy. “We had so many to qualify and the girls performed well, as did our boys.”

Shin said having played the course in previous seasons gave her an edge when it came time for 2018 Euros but she benefitted even more from playing against a solid teammate like Sutherland.

“We’ve played together three seasons now and it’s a blessing,” said Shin. “Lauren really competes and we’ve gone back and forth winning and scoring ahead of each other. We want Harley to stay with it and maybe some new players because it’s a sport where more girls need to come out.”

Ben Todman was the top Ramstein male golfer, taking third place overall behind winner Bryan Cortese of Wiesbaden and runner-up George Stephan of Kaiserslautern. Cortese totaled 90 points with the Stableford scoring system used at Euros while Stephan had 63 and Todman had 60. Just like the girls, Ramstein’s boys’ program is a mighty force on the DODEA circuit. This year’s title marks the 10th Royals boys’ title in the past 14 seasons.

“This is a happy time for (assistant) coach Steve Brewster and for me, too, but it’s all about the kids because they paid their dues by being at the practices,” Kennedy said. “James Stewart is another new person who helped us coach the kids and they responded with a great tournament.”