Grandview's Michels earns berth to 2A State golf tourney

WARDEN - Senior Andrew Michels is headed back to the 2A State golf tournamnet.

Yesterday, the Grandview High School senior tied for the second low round at the District tourney, staged at Warden's par-71 Sage Hills Golf Course.

Michels birdied two par-5's, taking nothing worse than a bogey, enroute to firing a 3-over-par 74.

"Totally consistent," is how Grandview Coach Dave Uggetti described Michels' play. "No one area of his game stood out, he just played really well overall."

Michels tied Chelan's Dane DeQuilettes for the runner-up finish, although the Grandview golfer was deemed the second place finisher based on a tiebreaker that compares the hole-by-hole scores starting with No. 18 and working back. DeQuilettes won the District title last year as a freshman playing on his home course.

This year's District champ was Othello senior Bart Patitucci, a two-time 2A State champion. Patitucci toured Sage Hills Monday with a 2-under-par 69. Patitucci knocked down an eagle on both the front and back nines while skating to the five-stroke victory.

The top 10 individual finishers at District will now move on to the 2A State tournament, to be held early next week at Spokane's Down River Golf Course. Of the 10 State qualifiers, six are from the CWAC South conference. They include Patitucci and Othello teammates Brandon Hoksbergen (75) and Jason Brault (79), Michels (74), Toppenish's Adam Story (81) and East Valley's Matt Dillinger (82).

The cut line at District to get to State proved to be an 82.

Team-wise yesterday, Grandview placed fourth from the 10-school field. The Greyhounds tallied an aggregate score of 359, 51 strokes back of District champion Othello (308).

"That's the best we've ever done as a team at District," said Uggetti.

Chelan claimed the runner-up spot in the team standings with a score of 323. Ephrata was third with a 343.

Sophomore Kyle Womach turned in the second low score for the Greyhounds. He shot a career best 92 on front and back scores of 43-49.

Sophomore T.J. Bolt and junior Aaron Riggs rounded out the team scoring for Grandview. Bolt carded a 95 (46-49) and Riggs tallied a 98 (46-52).

Also competing for Grandview yesterday, although their scores weren't applied to the team total, were sophomore Spencer Lewis (48-52-100) and junior Kaelen Nelson (53-48-101).

Uggetti indicated that Nelson was poised to make a run at qualifying for State, moving to just 1-over through the first four holes. "But his thumb swelled up after hitting an iron off the dirt," said Uggetti, noting that Nelson has been trying to fight through a thumb injury the entire season.

Grandview's one and only female golfer, Katie Veloz, also competed at District Monday and ended her round with a 118 (62-56). Veloz got off to a bad start by absorbing a 10 on the first hole, but maintained her composure, said Uggetti, and finished well. The cut for the girls at District to advance to State was a 111.


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