OTHELLO - The Sunnyside High School boys golf team grabbed a solid fourth place finish at the 13-team Othello Invitational last Friday.
The Grizzly boys will be the first to tell you, though, they don't really know how they fared so well.
"We were laughing," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman. "We couldn't figure out how we finished in fourth place."
The Othello Golf Club is a nine-hole, par-70 course. The golf course plays 6,187 yards.
The format for the invite was two varsity players played nine holes while the remaining three played 18. The two best 18-hole scores along with the best nine-hole score was used in the final team tally.
Royal City won the invite with 186 points. The Knights also had the medalist in James Dyke, who shot a one-over par 71.
Othello took second with 193. Grandview finished third with 199 points. The Grizzlies were fourth with 208 points. Selah was fifth with 214 points.
The low round of the day for the Grizzlies belonged to Kevin Lick. Lick placed seventh in the individual standings with a round of 79, shooting a 38-41. Lick had a 11 pars on the day, but finished up on a sour note. Lick triple-bogeyed the par 5 ninth hole, hitting his tee shot out of bounds and then two putted to end his day. Braman said he was pleased with the consistent effort of Lick.
Andrew Schutt shot 42-46 for a round of 88 for the Grizzlies. Braman said Schutt was solid in his first outing of the season. Braman said Schutt, who attends Sunnyside Christian High School but is allowed to play for the Grizzlies because the Knights don't field a golf program, has only been out to practice for a week.
Ryan Webster was the last of the Sunnyside golfers to play 18 holes. Webster shot a 103 on the day, taking a 56 on his first nine holes. Webster played much more consistent on his last nine, carding a 47.
Chris Trammel and Zach Hathaway were the two Grizzlies playing nine holes on Friday afternoon. Trammel had a 41 while Hathaway had a 49. Braman said Trammel played well for his first outing of the season, recording three pars. Hathaway, a sophomore, made his golfing debut for the Grizzlies last Friday.
Braman believes Sunnyside will get better as the Grizzly boys golf team gain a few more matches.
The Grizzlies will play tomorrow (Tuesday) at Black Rock Creek Golf Course against Grandview and East Valley in a match that has been added late to Sunnyside's original golf schedule.