OTHELLO - For a second or two last Friday, Sunnyside High School senior Kevin Lick might have thought he was in a war zone, as opposed to playing in the season opening Othello Golf Invitational.
A couple of holes into his round, Lick sustained a stinging, glancing blow to his shoulder from an errant shot.
"I think Kevin got a little irritated," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman. "The kid who hit the ball didn't yell fore, or didn't come over to Kevin to apologize.
"It might have rattled him a little bit, threw his game off a bit," Braman added, explaining that Lick stumbled into the turn with a 3-over 38, thanks to five uncharacteristic bogeys.
Lick wasted little time in righting the ship, though, as he toured the back nine with a 3-under 32. Sunnyside's No. 1 golfer on this year's Grizzly team snared four of his five birdies on the day after the turn.
His spectacular finish down the stretch gave him an even-par 70 Friday, the second lowest round posted in the invite, and helped propel the Grizzlies to a tie for third place honors in the team scoring with Grandview.
The Greyhounds were led by junior Andrew Michels, who shot a 7-over 77. Teammate Sean Tudor was two strokes back with a 79.
Royal City won the team title by garnering an invite low 174 points. The host Othello Huskies were second with 184 points, with Sunnyside and Grandview sharing third place honors with 200 points apiece. East Valley rounded out the top five with 205 points. The remaining seven teams, in order of finish, included Toppenish, Selah, Warden, Goldendale, Prosser, Ephrata and Wahluke.
Joe Perkins of Royal City was the medalist last Friday with a 3-under 67. Lick was second with his even-par 70, and James Dykes of Royal City and Burt Patituci of Othello shared third place individual honors with identical 2-over 72's.
Each school that competed at the invite had three golfers who played 18 holes and two who played only the back nine holes. Team scores were calculated using the two low 18-hole rounds and the one low nine-hole round.
The 88 claimed by freshman Justin Bos was Sunnyside's second low 18-hole round of the day. Bos had five pars enroute to shooting a 7-over 42 on the front. Despite a birdie on the par-3 13th, Bos' score ballooned to a 46 on the back side.
The other individual score used in Sunnyside's team total at the invite was Zach Hathaway's 42 on the back nine. The junior parred four of the nine holes.
Sunnyside freshman Tim Taylor posted a 48 on the back nine, and senior Andrew Schutt carded an 18-hole 95 (45-50), although neither of their scores were used in the team scoring.
Grandview, besides the 77 and 79 from Michels and Tudor, got a 92 from senior Ryan Dill, whom Greyhound Coach Dave Ugetti said is capable of scoring much better. Grandview's two nine-hole scores were a 49 and 55, posted by Kaelan Nelson and David Trevino, respectively.