CHELAN - Grandview High School junior Andrew Michels has earned a return trip to the State golf tournament.
Competing for one of 10 State berths at yesterday's 2A District tourney, Michels toured the Chelan Municipal Golf Course with a 6-over-par 78. He and Othello's Travis Mohs shared second low individual round honors.
Chelan freshman Dane de Quilettes, competing on his home course, earned medalist honors at the District tournament with a 4-over-par 76. Chelan, which finished two strokes back of Othello for runner-up team honors at District, will also be represented at State by Cameron Reister, who shot a 7-over 79.
Michels was the lone Grandview golfer from the five Greyhounds who competed at District to advance on to State. Teammate Sean Tudor, a senior, was also seeking a return trip to the big dance, but he stumbled on the back nine yesterday and absorbed an 86. The cut line to move on to State was an 82.
Only four Yakima Valley golfers qualified for this year's 2A State tournament. They included Michels with his 78, Toppenish's Adam Story with an 81, and East Valley's Matt Blinsky and Tyler Chapman with a pair of 82's.
Michels got off to a great start yesterday, manuevering his way around the front side with a 2-over-par 38. He was on course for a front side 37, but took a bogey on Chelan's treacherous ninth hole. Michels slipped to 7-over on the back side, which would have left him still comfortably under the cut line of 82, but he birdied the par-5 17th to get his score to just 6-over.
Grandview Coach Dave Ugetti praised the play of Michels, "...especially considering what a challenging course it was," he said. "The up-and-down stuff is tough there because of the trees, and the greens are pretty tricky. It's a different course than we're used to. It reminded me of the (Yakima) country club."
Tudor, in attempting to make it two straight trips to State, was poised to grab one of the 10 berths offered at District. He opened front nine play with a solid 4-over-par 40. The tricky greens Ugetti spoke of got the best of the Grandview senior after the turn, though. Tudor ended up three-putting four of the greens on the back side, and despite the birdie he knocked down on the par-3 18th, he faltered with a 46, leaving him four strokes shy of the cut line.
The three other Greyhound linksters who competed at District included junior David Trevino and freshman Spencer Lewis, each of whom carded a 97, and sophomore Aaron Riggs, who posted a 98.
Michels will open 2A State tournament play next Wednesday, June 1, at the course in Liberty Lake, situated close to the Idaho border. The 40 golfers will be pared to 20 for the second day of State action.
Ugetti said the Liberty Lake course should play easier than the Chelan course did yesterday, "...although it gets tougher and there are some surprises as you go along," he said.
In 2A girls District action this past Monday at Leavenworth Golf Course, Grandview failed to advance anyone to State. The cutline to move on was a 114. Sophomore Chante Bottineau posted the low score for the Lady 'Hounds, a 125. Teammate Katie Veloz was one stroke back with a 126.