The 1A Goldendale Timberwolves eked out a one-stroke non-league victory over the 3A Grizzlies at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course Thursday afternoon.
"It was pretty much a nail-biter," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman. He explained that while waiting for the last group of golfers to finish yesterday, it was quickly tabulated that the Timberwolves needed a sub-90 round from their No. 4 golfer to beat the host Grizzlies.
"Unfortunately for us, he came in with an 89," Braman said.
In Sunnyside's defense, the Grizzlies played yesterday's non-league match without their No. 1 and 2 golfers-Kevin Lick and Andrew Schutt.
"It was a coach-given day off for those two," Braman said. "I'm sure both of them wanted to play, but I wanted to get a look at a couple of other kids to see how they'd do in a competitive setting."
Goldendale was paced to the unlikely victory by Ryan Lloyd, who earned medalist honors with an 8-over 80. The Timberwolf linksters also got an 88 from Ryan Gleckner, and a pair of 89's from Jason Simmons and Richard Reed.
The low round shot by Sunnyside was an 84, turned in by freshman Tim Taylor. He posted identical 9-hole rounds of 42 on both the front and back sides. For Taylor, the 84 was his low competitive round of the season.
"That's where we need Timmy to shoot," said Braman. "It's a good aiming point for him.
"If he can get his scores down in that range consistently, with Kevin (Lick) and Andrew (Schutt) scoring like they usually do, we can get our team scores down into the 300-teen range," he added.
Second in for the Grizzlies was junior Zach Hathaway. He didn't tear up the course on the front side, settling for a bogeyish 46, but sliced and diced his way after the turn to pare his back nine score to a 4-over 40.
Braman said Hathaway wasn't real happy with his 86, "...because it was one stroke worse than the day before when the wind was blowing."
Senior Jeramie Drollinger posted the third low round for Sunnyside, an 88 on front and back nine scores of 43-45.
"Jeramie can go four to six strokes lower," said Braman. "He's been working very hard lately. I think he's hoping that when District rolls around he'll be able to catch lightning in a bottle for that one day."
Rounding out the team scoring for the Grizzlies was an 89 by freshman Justin Bos. He started his round with a more than respectable 43 on the front side, and closed with a 46.
"The thing about Justin is that he's capable of a sub-80 round," said Braman, noting that Bos has got it to as low as 81 while golfing at Yakima's Apple Tree courrse.
Today (Friday), the Grizzly linksters were on their way to compete at the prestigious Pendleton Invitational.
"It's a high powered tournament," said Braman, explaining that the best of the best 3A and 4A teams from Washington and Oregon will be in attendance. "If we can get a middle of the pack finish, we'll be doing pretty well," he said.