YAKIMA - No question about it. The Othello Huskies are the class of the Central Washington 2A league this season. They proved that, one more time, at yesterday's CWAC five-school golf match at SunTides Golf Course.
Paced by Bart Patitucci's even-par 70, one of three rounds in the 70s for the Huskies, Othello blew away the competition with a team tally of 295.
That left Grandview and East Valley to battle it out for second place honors. On the surface, it appeared the Greyhounds had the upper hand, as their top two finishers-Andrew Michels and Sean Tudor-both came in under the lowest score posted by a Red Devil. Unfortunately for the 'Hounds, East Valley had a bit more depth in the No. 3 and 4 slots, and ended up edging Grandview by four strokes for runner-up honors.
Finishing behind the 341 of East Valley and 345 of Grandview were Toppenish with a team tally of 361 and Naches with a score of 367.
In carding the low round for Grandview yesterday, a 7-over 77, Michels performed the feat without a good putting stroke.
"Andrew teed off well yesterday and was hitting his irons into the greens very well," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "But he didn't do all that well with his putts."
Still, Michels posted solid numbers, shooting a 38 on the front side and a 39 after the turn. He snared a pair of birdies enroute to the low Greyhound round, the first coming on the par-5 fourth and the second on the par-4 ninth.
Tudor finished with a disappointing 12-over 82 for the 'Hounds. Disappointing because he was on track for a sub-80 round. He toured the front nine with a glitzy 39, but thanks to a couple of OB's on the back side, he settled for a 43 after he made the turn at the clubhouse.
The second of the out-of-bounds shots was the one that basically stopped him in his tracks. Parrish explained that hole 14, situated smack dab in the middle of the SunTides course, has OB stakes on the right side of the fairway, penalizing those who slice their ball into the 10th fairway. Tudor was unaware of the OB stakes, and as fate would have it, his tee shot took a long, hard fade into No. 10.
"He didn't know about the OB until someone told him he had to go back and tee it back up," Parrish said.
Junior David Trevino posted the third low score for Grandview on Wednesday. His 89 (48-41) marked the first time this season he has been under 90.
A pair of Grandview freshmen also achieved some personal satisfaction yesterday. The first was T.J. Bolt, who carded a 97 (51-46) for his second straight sub-100 round of the week. The 99 he posted at Ephrata this past Monday was the first time he broke 100. Grandview's other freshman, Kyle Womach, broke the 100-mark for the first time ever with his 99 (50-49).
The low round for East Valley yesterday was Tyler Chapman's 84. The fourth place finishing Toppenish Wildcats were led by sophomore Adam Story with an 82. Fifth place Naches was paced by Gavin Shinn with an 86.
The Grandview boys golf team is scheduled to playing another CWAC league match next Tuesday at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.