PENDLETON, ORE. - The Sunnyside High School boys golf team, behind Kevin Lick's 76 and Ryan Webster's 84, earned an eighth place finish Monday at the Wild Horse Invitational.
LaGrande, Ore. won the 16-school team title, tallying an aggregate 312 strokes. The Mid-Valley League's top finisher was Hanford, runners-up with a score of 318. Class 4A Walla Walla was third with 322 points. Sunnyside placed eighth with a score of 354.
Yesterday's medalist was Bill Waldrop of LaGrande, who shot a two-over 74. Tyler Tucker of LaGrande and Sid Jones of Pendleton tied for individual runner-up honors, one shot back with 75's. Lick tied for fourth place individual honors with his four-over 76.
That so many prep golfers finished in the 70's yesterday suprised SHS Coach Glen Braman.
"It was very, very windy," Braman said, explaining that the gusts reached up to 40 miles per hour. "They were severe left to right and right to left winds. At times the wind was dead in your face.
"It was very difficult golfing conditions," Braman added.
In maneuvering his way around the Wild Horse resort course, Lick played fairly consistent. He picked up a birdie on the opening, par-4 hole, finishing the front nine with a two-over 38. He also shot 38 on the back side.
The highlight of the day for Lick came on the par-3 16th hole.
"He almost holed it," said Braman.
Lick's tee shot hit the stick about six inches up from the cup, dropping to within an inch of the hole. The tap-in was his only bird on the back nine.
Lick's only downfalls yesterday were a bogey and double-bogey on the front nine, and three bogeys after the turn.
"Because of the wind, Kevin wasn't getting a lot of distance out of his drives," said Braman. "But he did a good job of getting up and down."
Webster also fought the wind well on Monday. Playing workman-like golf, he scraped out a 44 on the front side and dropped his score to a 40 after the turn.
"Lots of pars and bogeys for Ryan," said Braman.
Third in for the Grizzlies was Andrew Schutt. His birdie on the par-4 seventh was negated by a triple-bogey and two doubles on the front side (45), but he regrouped and lowered his second nine score to a 42, finishing with a decent round of 87.
"Andrew played quite a bit better on the back side," Braman said.
Rounding out the team scoring for Sunnyside was Jeramie Drollinger's 107 (53-54). Two holes, straight into the teeth of the wind, cost Drollinger in his round, as he absorbed a pair of 9's. Braman said Drollinger is capable of playing much better golf.
Zach Hathaway shot a 111 (53-58) for Sunnyside yesterday, but his round wasn't applied to the team score.
The Grizzlies' next competition is Tuesday, April 6, at the Central Washington Invitational at Selah's Elks course.
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