Sunnyside's No. 1 golfer, senior Kevin Lick, wasn't all that pleased with his 8-over-par 80 yesterday. Regardless, it was the Grizzlies' low individual round on the afternoon, as Sunnyside cruised to easy victories over Riverside Christian and Grandview.
The Grizzly linksters tallied a team best 333 strokes in the non-league match. Riverside Christian's varsity totaled a 362. Grandview, using mostly JV players, shot a 392.
One Grandview varsity golfer who competed, though, earned medalist honors. Senior Ryan Dill carded a 1-over 73 at Black Rock Creek Golf Course on front and back nine scores of 35-38.
In shooting an 80 on front and back scores of 41-39, Lick wasn't pleased with his putting stroke. The three-time State tournament qualifier is more than capable of shooting even-par type golf.
"Kevin is really struggling right now with his putting," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman, adding that Lick's putts have good direction but are lipping out.
"The putts just aren't falling for him," said Braman.
"The only thing we can figure out is that his eyes might be a little off line. I think he just needs to work it out on the practice green, taking 200 to 300 putts a day.
"Part of the problem, too, is that he's not sticking a lot of pins right now," Braman continued. "He'll have a 25 or 30-footer, then make a run at the cup and blow it past. When he's got a putt that long, he needs to think par instead of birdie."
Second in for Sunnyside Thursday afternoon was Zach Hathaway. Unlike the struggles Lick had, Hathaway shot his best competitive round ever, carding an 81 on front and back scores of 43-38.
Freshman Tim Taylor had the third low score for the Grizzlies. He got off to a rough start and absorbed a 10-over 46 on the front side, but rebounded after the turn and scraped together a nice 1-over-par 37 on the back side for an 18-hole total of 83.
Jeramie Drollinger closed out the scoring for the Grizzlies with an 89 (46-43).
Riverside Christian's low scorer was Matt Crockett, who shot an 80 (43-37).