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Michels places 13th at Banner Bank invite

WALLA WALLA - Andrew Michels of Grandview narrowly missed out on a top 10 finish at last week's Banner Bank Junior Golf Invitational, staged at the Walla Walla Country Club.

Banner Bank hosts the annual tournament, inviting in some of the area's top junior golfers. Michels represented the Grandview High School Greyhounds at this past spring's 2A State tournament.

Competing in the boys 15 to 17-year-old age division, Michels carded a sparkling 3-over-par 75 on the opening day of the tourney. Only five golfers posted lower scores in the opening round. The Greyhound linkster was unable to keep up his torrid pace on day two, though, settling for an 80.

Michels' 155 two-day total earned him a tie for 13th place honors. He was two strokes back of a top 10 finish.

Kennewick's Kevin Tucker won the boys 15 to 17-year-old division. Tucker knocked down a glitzy 4-under-par 68 on the opening day, shooting a 2-under 70 on day two to best the next closest finisher, Spokane's Erick Henderson (73-68), by three strokes.

The only other Lower Valley golfer competing in the boys 15 to 17-year-old division was Toppenish High School sophomore Adam Story. A junior-to-be this fall, Story had rounds of 83-82, which left him in a tie for 29th place from the 50-person field.

The girls 15 to 17-year-old age division winner at the Banner Bank invite was East Wenatchee's Monika Graf (79-72). She finished eight strokes ahead of the runner-up, Kaitlin Parsons of East Wenatchee.

The boys 12 to 14-year-old age division winner was Chris Williams of Moscow, Idaho (73-71).

In the girls 12 to 14-year-old age division, Pasco's Neddy Martinez was the low scorer on rounds of 83-84.

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