TOPPENISH - Considering it was her first outing of the season, Grandview's Katie Veloz let it be known yesterday she'll be a force with which to be reckoned in CWAC girls golf play this year.
Playing at the five-school CWAC league opener at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club, Veloz carded a 58 on the par-36 front nine. She finished just two strokes back of Tuesday's medalist-Toppenish's Sophie Segura.
Yesterday's conference match was limited to nine holes because of the late starting time.
Veloz missed Grandview's first two outings of the spring season because of a trip to Hawaii, but yesterday showed she's ready to make up for lost time. Like the other competitors yesterday, Veloz struggled a bit with the gusting winds. Grandview Coach Scott Parrish said Veloz also had problems in controlling her driver on the tee blocks early on, but eventually began getting off solid shots.
"She's going to get better as the season goes along," said Parrish.
Team-wise yesterday, the host Wildcats claimed top honors. Toppenish shot an aggregate 252, 11 strokes better than runner-up Wapato. The Wolves were led by Wendy Lopez and Jalene Gomez, each of whom shot the same score as Veloz, a 58.
In addition to the 56 that the medalist Segura recorded yesterday, Toppenish also got a 63 from Tanisha Romero, a 64 from Stefani Leon and a 69 from Kristi Leon.
East Valley finished third in the team standings Tuesday afternoon with a 289. The Red Devils were led by Kaitlin DeWitt (62).
Grandview finished fourth, just one stroke back of East Valley, with a 290. Prosser brought up the rear with a 299, and was led by Adrienne Bosque, who shot a 62.
In addition to Veloz's round of 58, Grandview received a steady effort from senior Alexis McLean. She carded a 63.
"Alexis is another one who's going to get better as the season progresses," said Parrish.
McLean's younger sister, Amanda, finished with an 84 for the Lady Greyhound linksters, and teammate Hannah Ziegler closed out the scoring for Grandview with an 85.
Grandview's girls are scheduled to compete at the Othello Invitational this coming Friday.