Wednesday, April 20, 2005
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.