PENDLETON, ORE. - The middle of the pack wasn't a bad place to end up at yesterday's wind-blown and rain-drenched Wildhorse Golf Invitational.
The Sunnyside High School boys golf team, powered by Kevin Lick's 9-over 81, earned just that...a middle of the pack ninth place finish from a 17-school field.
"It was raining and blowing down there at the Wildhorse Resort, real miserable," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman. "The conditions made it very tough to score."
Lick's round didn't feature any birdies, but the senior was a model of consistency. He opened with a front nine 41, paring his score by a single stroke after the turn with a 40.
"Lots of pars and bogeys for Kevin," said Braman. "He really only had trouble on one hole, taking one double-bogey on the front nine."
The Sunnyside senior finished six shots back of Monday's medalist, Walla Walla's Tyler Ketelsen. The Blue Devil toured the Wildhorse course with a 3-over 75. Ketelsen's round sparked Walla Walla to the team title, which garnered an invite low 317 points.
Sunnyside placed ninth in the team standings with 364 points.
Senior Andrew Schutt settled for the second low Sunnyside score, a 92 on front and back scores of 45-47.
Braman said the 92 carded by Schutt isn't indicative of the way he was striking the ball.
"Actually, Andrew was hitting the ball very well," said Braman. "He can drive the ball over 300 yards, but Andrew's shots have a high trajectory. And in yesterday's winds, that didn't help him any."
Freshman Tim Taylor had the third low score for the Grizzlies. He knocked down a birdie on hole No. 1, the only bird claimed by a Sunnyside golfer yesterday, enroute to shooting a front nine 43. Taylor's back side 51 ballooned his 18-hole round to a 94, however.
"The 43 Timmy got on the front nine, it was exceptional for the conditions he was playing in," said Braman.
Freshman Justin Bos rounded out the team scoring for Sunnyside with a 97 (47-50). His downfall came on the back side, where he absorbed three doubles and two triple-bogeys.
Senior Jeremy Drollinger also played for Sunnyside at Wildhorse yesterday, but his 100 (52-48) wasn't applied to the team score.
The Grizzly linksters will be out of action until Thursday, April 21, when they travel to Apple Tree Golf Resort to open Mid-Valley League play.