KENNEWICK - As has been the case all season, the Sunnyside High School boys golf team struggled to be competitive at yesterday's 3A Columbia Basin League match at the Tri-City Country Club.
Acknowledging this is a rebuilding year for the Grizzlies, SHS Coach Glenn Braman said the Sunnyside golfers remain committed to improving their games.
"You have to put in the time to get better, and our kids are doing that.
"If they continue to work hard, it's only a matter of time before we are competitive," Braman said.
The only true veteran on this year's SHS team is junior Justin Bos. He fired a 74 yesterday for Sunnyside's low individual round, but considering the Tri-City Country Club course plays to a par-65, he was well over his normal finish.
"Justin had consistent front and back nine scores, but he wasn't real sharp," said Braman. "The course is difficult in that you can't make poor decisions and score well.
"Sometimes it comes down to decision making. Sometimes you have to play for par and not go for a birdie," he said of Bos's strategy yesterday.
Rounding out the Grizzly team scoring were juniors A.J. Visser and Joseph Villanueva with a 99 and 100, respectively, along with freshman Nick Navarro's 116. Camilo Sanchez (127) and Abel Cardenas (139) also played yesterday for Sunnyside, although their individual rounds were not applied to the team total.
Collectively, the Grizzlies tallied a 399 Monday afternoon, well back of the 308 that sixth place Kennewick totaled. Eastmont won the seven-school match-up with a match low 267 strokes.
Yesterday's medalist was Hanford's Alex Moore, who carded a 3-under-par 62. Also shooting under par yesterday was Nick Ellis of Eastmont, who fired a 64.
Sunnyside is scheduled to compete at a league match today (Tuesday) at Apple Tree Golf Course.