RICHLAND - Although showing improvement in its team score and individual scores, the Sunnyside boys golf team placed seventh at a league match held at Horn Rapids Golf Course yesterday.
"Horn Rapids is a different type of golf course," Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman said. "A good score relies a lot on the golfer's knowledge of the course. It's very challenging."
Tyler McDougall of Eastmont carded a 4 under par 68 to claim medalist honors for the day.
His team won the match with 289 points. Other teams that followed were Hanford (301), Southridge (328), Kamiakin, West Valley and Kennewick with 338 points and Sunnyside with 432 points.
Five Sunnyside golfers participated in the match, with Justin Bos making the best showing with a score of 78.
"Justin played very well," Braman said. "He did have a streak of five bogeys on the back nine, but overall he played well.
Braman said Bos took four strokes off his score from last week.
"He was pretty happy with a 78 and he didn't let those bogeys bother him," Braman added. "He tied for seventh overall and is in 11th place in the league."
Braman didn't have any front or back nine scores available, but said A.J. Visser scored a 113, Joseph Villanueva carded a 120, Nick Navarro finished with a 121 and Camilo Sanchez had a 148.
"Justin is the only experienced player I have playing," Braman said. "The rest are first year players."
He noted this was Sanchez's first match of the season and now has a score with which to gauge himself.
"A.J., Joseph and Nick are all improving," Braman added. "Nick took off nine strokes from last week and Joseph took off 10 strokes."
He said his kids are making huge strides and are just a great bunch of kids.
"This group of kids is lighthearted," he explained. "That's good. They don't worry about things. I really like their attitude."
He said his team's goal is to be shooting under 400 by the end of the season.
"I doubt the other teams will be able to take off 35 strokes from their team scores," he added.