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Sunnyside girls trudge through windy conditions

PASCO - The weather was anything but accommodating yesterday at the Pasco Girls Golf Invitational. But despite trudging through an intermittent downpour and what appeared at times to be gale force winds, the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies completed their task at hand and made it back to the clubhouse with scorecards in hand.

On a day like Monday, just getting back to the cozy confines of the Sun Willows Golf Course clubhouse was probably enough. It would have to be for the Sunnyside girls, as they settled for an 11th place finish from the 11-school field.

"Other than us and Hanford, all of the teams at the invite were Big Nine schools," said Sunnyside Coach Gary Rohde. "It was some stiff competition."

Sunnyside would have fared much better had it fielded a full six-girl squad. As it turned out, only five Lady Grizzlies competed Monday.

The format called for each team to field two golfers in 18-hole Scotch ball play, two golfers in 18-hole Chapman play and two golfers in nine-hole scramble play.

Because Sunnyside was short one golfer, Lady Grizzly sophomore Christine Kim was teamed with Eastmont's Jocelyn Seabrook in the scramble portion of the invite. The two ended up posting the low scramble score of the day, a 45.

But to Sunnyside's detriment, Kim and Seabrook weren't awarded any team points.

"Even if they had just split the first place scramble points between us and Eastmont, it would have moved us up to eighth place," said Rohde. "But by not officially having two of our own girls in the scramble, we didn't get any points for it."

When all was said and done at day's end, Sunnyside tallied seven team points at the invite. Eisenhower won top honors with an invite best 26 and a half points.

The Lady Grizzlies' best finish came in the Chapman portion of the tournament. Junior Megan Downing and freshman Nicole Southern teamed for a 119, 10th best on the day. The duo carded a 62 on the front nine, finishing with a 57 after the turn.

In Scotch ball play, Sunnyside's Vicky Castro, a sophomore, and freshman Dacia Drollinger tied for 11th with a score of 124. The two stumbled to a 70 on the front side, but cut their back nine total to a 54 in the alternating shot style of play.

The Lady Grizzly golfers open Mid-Valley League play this coming Thursday on their home Black Rock Creek course against both Ellensburg and Selah.

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