Bonney Lake senior Kash Koltermann and his younger brother sophomore Curtis have played sports since they were little.
Kash said their dad is the one who got them into playing sports.
“They have always had awesome support from home,” Bonney Lake golf coach JD Rushton said. “Their dad is at every match. You don’t see that often.”
They have played everything from soccer, basketball, football, baseball and golf.
Now, Curtis holds the No. 1 spot on the Bonney Lake golf team and Kash is in the four spot.
When Kash was a freshman and sophomore, the golf team had a losing record, but with his help along with his co-captains seniors Jacob Rash and Quinn Williams they have managed to turn things around.
“The seniors have helped the team grow to the amazing place it is now,” Rushton said.
The coach said the brothers have stuck with it, developed their skills and now all the hard work is paying off. When Curtis joined the team, he brought other younger players with him.
“Curtis is a top golfer and he has helped turn things around for the team,” Rushton said.
Three years ago, the Panthers were winless but this year they are second in the league with a 7-3 record. Curtis finished league play second in points this year.
Curtis is a natural golfer and he is harder on himself than Kash, Rushton said.
“All I want to do is continue with golf,” Curtis said.
He enjoys golf because it is an individual sport, no one is perfect and he likes the challenge. If you mess up, you blame yourself, he said.
Curtis said he would like to work on his short game.
“Curtis doesn’t stay angry and you don’t see that a lot,” Rash said. If something doesn’t go his way on one hole, he doesn’t let it affect him on the next, Rash added.
Kash on the other hand, plans on playing baseball once he graduates from high school. To him, playing golf is more of a hobby.
The challenge for Kash is to stay under control, he said when he plays baseball he doesn’t get as mad at himself as he does when he golfs. Kash said he would like to continue to work on and improve his approach shots.
“I’m amazed at how far Kash can hit the ball,” Williams said.
When asked who was better, the brothers agreed that Curtis is the better golfer.
Kash said his brother is better because Curtis plays more and he understands the game better. Curtis agrees he is the better golfer because golf is a mental game and you have to play smart and hit shots you can hit.
“They have an awesome family, they are awesome boys and having a brother duo on the team has been great,” Rushton said.
However, he added they are good as brothers but they cannot play together. They’ll end up fighting with each other, he said.
Kash is easy going and Curtis is hard on himself, Rushton added.
Honesty is an important part of golf especially in high school golf because you are in charge of keeping your own score.
Kash said he knows it would come back to get me if I didn’t play honest. And Curtis added, “(Playing honest) is how we were raised.”
They have witnessed other players cheating and changing their scores during matches. But when they ask those players to fix their scores, they usually change them, Kash said.
Not only do the Koltermanns excel on the golf course, they also shine academically.
“They both are outstanding students and are a true example of what a student athlete is,” Rushton said.
Kash has been taking AP classes and is an honor roll student along with playing golf and baseball. And Rushton said Curtis also has a very high GPA and will be following in Kash’s footsteps and will be taking more challenging courses throughout the remainder of his high school career.
The regular season ends Monday, Oct. 14 as Kash, Curtis and the Panthers take on Kennedy Catholic.