WEST RICHLAND - First year golfer Vicky Castro, only a sophomore, made a bit of a splash in her debut on the links last Friday.
In her first ever competition, in the spring season opener at the West Richland Invitational, Castro posted the low Sunnyside score on the day. She shot a not so glitzy 57 on the front nine, but pared her back nine score to a 47. Castro's 18-hole round of 104 was 11 shots better than the next lowest finisher for the Lady Grizzly golfers.
"Being a first year golfer, needless to say, we were pretty thrilled about Vicky's score," said Sunnyside High School golf coach Gary Rohde.
Rohde said he is also pleased with the 115 carded by SHS junior Megan Downing. He believes Downing's 115 (54-61) is her lowest 18-hole round ever.
The one other Sunnyside golfer selected to play 18 holes last Friday, sophomore Christine Kim, shot a 135 on front and back scores of 63-72.
The five-girl team competition also featured two nine-hole rounds. Rohde elected to go with freshmen Dacia Drollinger and Nicole Southern. Playing the back nine, Drollinger finished with a 60, while Southern was seven shots back with a 67.
Rohde said Drollinger's 60 was a strong start to the season by the freshman.
"Overall, I'm pretty enthusiastic about the entire team's start to the season," he said, noting he has eight girls out for this year's squad.
Last Friday's invite at the West Richland Golf Course only allowed each school to enter a five-person team. The two best 18-hole rounds and the two nine-hole rounds comprised each school's total for scoring purposes. Spokane's Gonzaga Prep won the team championship, with Pasco placing second with 271 points, and Eisenhower and Southridge tying for third. Sunnyside was in the middle of the pack of more than 20 schools with 346 points.
Gonzaga Prep's Annie Brophy was the medalist on the day with a 2-over 74.
The SHS Lady Grizzly linksters are scheduled to compete at the Othello Invitational this coming Friday.