Andrew Michels, combining the finesse of his short game with long bombs off both the tee blocks and the fairway, powered the Grandview High School boys golf team to a second place finish yesterday at a five-school match at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.
Michels finished just two strokes back of co-medalists Bart Patitucci and Jason Bault, the two Othello linksters who shared top individual honors with a pair of 5-over 77's. Othello won the five-school match with a team total of 312. Grandview was second with a 338.
In girls play yesterday, Grandview dropped a relatively tight nine-hole match to the Ephrata Tigers at Black Rock Creek Golf Course. The difference in the match was Megan Steele, who worked her way around the Sunnyside course with a 3-over 39. Ephrata ended up clipping the Lady 'Hounds by a 217-232 score.
The Grandview girls were led by Chante Bottineau. She shot a 55. One stroke back, with a 56, was teammate Katie Veloz. Allyson Rohde was just two shots back of Veloz with a 58. Rounding out the scoring for the Grandview girls was Logan Desserault's 63.
In leading the Grandview boys to runner-up honors at Toppenish on Tuesday, Michels toured the tree-lined course with a 7-over 79. Aiding the Greyhounds' efforts immensely were the 80 and 81 carded by Ryan Dill and Sean Tudor, respectively. Kyle Womach closed out the varsity scoring for Grandview with a 98.
Grandview's second place team tally of 338 was eight strokes better than third place finishing East Valley (346). The Red Devils received three sub-90 rounds-an 82 from Ryan Tjarnberg and a pair of 86's from Andrew Scott and Matt Blinsky.
Fourth place finishing Toppenish (376) could only muster a 90, by sophomore Adam Story, for its low round of the day.
In last place with a 387 was Naches. The Rangers were led by Gavin Schinn and Ricky Lawson with an 87 and 88, respectively.