EPHRATA - With a solid effort from its No. 1 through No. 4 golfers, the outcome of yesterday's match against Ephrata was never really in question for Grandview. The Greyhound boys golf team ran past the Tigers, 333-344.
Where the suspense came in Thursday was which Grandview golfer was going to claim medalist honors.
Playing in the same group, Sean Tudor and Andrew Michels were basically matching each other shot for shot. Heading down the stretch at the par-71 Lakeview Country Club, Michels was clinging to a one-stroke lead over his Grandview teammate. Tudor refused to bow out quietly, though, sinking a birdie putt on the 17th green to tie Michels, who took a par on the hole.
Michels, in turn, responded with a birdie of his own on No. 18 to regain the lead. In the process, he secured medalist honors, carding a workman-like 7-over-par 78. Tudor ended up bogeying the final hole and settled for a very respectable 9-over 80.
In posting the low score for the day, Michels shaved four strokes off his front nine tally of 41, carding a 37 after the turn.
Yesterday wasn't the first time this season that Michels has grabbed medalist honors. In perhaps his best performance this spring, he was the low scorer at a five-school match staged at the Yakima Country Club in late April. There, he edged Tudor and Othello's Jason Brault by a single stroke, shooting an 8-over 80. That was four strokes better than the performance of Othello's Bart Patitucci that day, considered by many as the MVP of the CWAC league this season.
Tudor, who like Michels posted a front nine 41 at Ephrata yesterday, turned in a glitzy 39 on the back side.
Third in for the Greyhounds yesterday was Ryan Dill, who toured the Ephrata course with a 12-over 83. Dill didn't display his best golf on the front nine, shooting a disappointing 44, but he rebounded after the turn. Buoyed by a birdie on No. 17, he cut his back side score to a 39.
Rounding out the varsity scoring for the Grandview boys was a 92 claimed by Spencer Lewis. Like Dill, Lewis struggled a bit on the first nine, shooting a 49, but he came in with an acceptable 43 on the last nine holes of play to secure the team victory for the 'Hounds.
In girls play yesterday, neither Ephrata nor Grandview fielded a full four-person squad, which meant there was no team scoring. The Tigers' Megan Steel was the medalist with a 9-over 80.
The low Grandview girls' score was a 110 (57-53), notched by Chante Bottineau. Also representing the Lady 'Hounds in Ephrata were Katie Veloz, who shot a 127 (61-66); and Alexis McLean, who absorbed a 153 (77-76).