The weather may have been horrible last Friday, but the Sunnyside High School boys golf team proved that it is among the elite in the Mid-Valley League.
The Grizzlies were one of 15 teams taking part in the Grandview Invitational held at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.
Sunnyside amassed 333 points, placing fourth. Clarkston won the team title with 318 points. Hanford had the best showing of the Mid-Valley League, placing second with 319 points. Last year's 3A State champions, Bellingham, was third with 330 points. West Valley was seventh with 346 points. Host Grandview took ninth with 371. Selah and Wapato finished 14th and 15th with 413 and 464 points, respectively.
Medalist honors went to Joel Dahmen of Clarkston, the defending 3A State champion. Dahmen won the State title as a freshman last year. Dahmen was solid Friday afternoon, taking a 35 on his first nine holes and a 34 to finish up for a round of 69.
"He is amazing," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman.
Braman said Dahmen is an incredible golf player. Last year at Districts, Dahmen shot a 63 at Horn Rapids Golf Course.
On Friday, Dahmen had 13 pars, four birdies and one bogey.
Sunnyside's Kevin Lick took runner-up honors on Friday. Lick shot a round of 74 (38-36). Lick started play for the day on No. 3. Lick had three birdies on the day, the first coming on the par-4 10th hole. He also birdied the par-5 14th and then 16. One of Lick's two bogeys on his first nine holes occurred on the par-4 fifth hole.
Teammate Andrew Schutt nabbed a top 10 finish for the Grizzlies, placing seventh. Schutt began play on the seventh hole. Schutt played a very consistent round, posting a 78. Schutt carded a 40 on his first nine holes and then a 38 on the back nine. Schutt had no birdies on the day, but drained 12 pars and six bogeys. From the 10th through the 14th holes, Schutt nailed five pars in a row.
Chris Trammel had the next lowest round for the Grizzlies, shooting an 86. Trammel started play on the 11th hole, taking a 41 on his first nine holes. Trammel had some problems on his last nine, carding a 45. Braman said Trammel took a pair of 8's on two par-5 holes, which made his back nine score balloon. Trammel's best hole of the day was a birdie on the par-4 fifth.
"He had some good holes," said Braman. "Chris, though, had some holes that jumped up and bit him."
Sunnyside sophomore Zach Hathaway carded a couple of pars as he finished with a 95. Hathaway started play on the ninth hole, carding a 48 on his first nine. Hathaway did a bit better on the back side, taking a 47.
Jeramie Drollinger played consistent, said Braman, as he carded a 105 for the Grizzlies. Drollinger opened play on the 15th hole. His final score didn't go towards the Grizzlies' team total.
Braman said he was very pleased with how his team played at the invite. Braman dished out accolades for the play of Lick and Schutt, saying both Grizzly golfers played to their potential.
The Grizzly boys took part in the Pendleton Invitational today (Monday).