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Grizzly linksters stumble at District

SELAH - With virtually nothing at stake, in terms of advancing to the Regional tournament, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team turned in a not-so-glitzy performance yesterday in the Mid-Valley League District competition, staged at the Yakima Elks Golf Course in Selah.

"The way it's set up, everyone advances to Regionals," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman, explaining that the top 13 scorers at the Regional tourney in Spokane next Monday, May 13, qualify for State.

At District yesterday, the Grizzlies weren't even able to tally a team score. It takes a minimum of four golfers to comprise a team, and although Sunnyside had four linksters entered in the tourney, one of them - Nigel Weenink - dropped out at the turn.

Weenink carded a 65 on the first nine holes of play, then opted to pack up his gear and wait for the return trip home.

"He quit after nine," said Braman. "I don't know why...I guess he wasn't feeling well."

Andrew Swinehart and Sam Bardell of Sunnyside did finish their rounds, although the 97 and 106 they absorbed, respectively, are a far reach from the scores they'll need next Monday at Regionals to get to State.

The one Sunnyside golfer yesterday who showed any glint of being a State tournament qualifier was Justin Bos, although the sophomore stumbled after making the clubhouse turn. Bos opened with a sparkling 2-over-par 38 on the front side, thanks to a birdie on the par-4 seventh and an eagle on the short, par-5 ninth. But when Bos hit the back side he was unable to cope with the strong wind that breezed in, and he ended up kicking his ball around for a back nine 43.

Still, with the 81 he had yesterday, Bos posted the 12th lowest individual round on the day.

Braman said in all likelihood the underclassman will need to keep his score below 80 at Regionals next Monday if he is to have a shot at making State this year.

"Right now Justin is fighting a slight push/slice with his driver," said Braman. "It's not a real bad slice, just enough to keep him out of the fairway and in the rough, but he needs to get it fixed before we head to Spokane next week."

Team-wise at Monday's District tourney, Hanford won the championship with an aggregate score of 294. West Valley was a distance second with a team score of 306.

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