PENDLETON, ORE. - The Class 3A Mid-Valley League has long been a hotbed for talented golfers. This year is no exception.
At last Friday's prestigious Pendleton Invitational, the Mid-Valley League showed why its members can hang with the best of them.
First case in point-West Valley's Bobby Elder won medalist honors by carding a 6-under 66. The Rams placed eighth as a team with 307 strokes.
Second case in point-the Hanford Falcons won the team title by tallying an invite low 295 strokes. Richland and Walla Walla shared second place team honors with identical 298's.
Sunnyside, regarded by most as the third strongest Mid-Valley League team this season, also held its own in Pendleton. The Grizzly linksters posted a 334 team score to earn 15th place honors from the extremely strong 25-school field.
And, Sunnyside accomplished that task with a nice grouping of individual scores ranging from Andrew Schutt's 9-over 81 to Tim Taylor's 14-over 86.
"It was a pretty good (team) effort on our part," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman.
"There were a lot of teams there, almost the entire Big Nine League and a lot of the larger Oregon schools.
"The 334 we had as a team wasn't our lowest score of the season," he said. "We had a 322 when we played at Apple Tree. That would have given us a top 10 finish at Pendleton.
"But overall, I thought we shot pretty well," Braman added.
Schutt, a senior, posted the low score for the Sunnyside squad, opening with a front nine 44 but dropping his back side score to a 1-over 37.
Second in for the Grizzlies was senior Kevin Lick. A three-time State tournament qualifier, Lick settled for an 83 on front and back scores of 42-41. Braman said Lick could have easily broken 80 had he been on with his putting stroke.
Freshman Justin Bos was one stroke back of Lick with an 84. Rounding out the team scoring for the Grizzlies was the freshman Taylor with an 86.
Sunnyside senior Jeramie Drollinger also competed Friday, but his 92 wasn't applied toward the team total.
Grandview, a member of the 2A CWAC league, also had a good showing at Pendleton. Rallying behind Sean Tudor's 6-over 78, the Greyhound linksters earned a 20th place finish with a team total of 362.
Tudor fired identical 39's on the front and back nines. His 78 gave him a tie for 20th place from a field of more than 125 golfers.
The second low scorer for the 'Hounds was Andrew Michels. He carded an 86 on front and back side scores of 45-41. Grandview also received a 98 and 100 from Spencer Lewis (49-49) and T.J. Bolt (48-52), respectively. David Trevino's 101 wasn't used in the Grandview team scoring.
The Grandview boys team was scheduled to play at Othello today (Monday). Sunnyside's golf team has a league match at Ellensburg scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday).