YAKIMA - With arguably its best golfer out of the line-up yesterday, the Grandview High School boys golf team finished last at a four-school CWAC league match at the Yakima Country Club.
Junior Aaron Riggs, unable to get an excused absence from his Running Start classes, wasn't able to play Monday afternoon for Grandview. A week ago at a CWAC competition on his home Black Rock Creek course, Riggs shot a team low 82. His sticks were sorely missed yesterday, as Grandview had no one finish better than in the high 90's.
Ellensburg won top honors at the league competition yesterday, tallying a match low 336 strokes. The Bulldogs' Zack Heaton won medalist honors with an even-par 72.
Othello was second in the team points race with 353 strokes. Host East Valley finished third with a team score of 364.
Grandview, powered by Kyle Womach's 97, shot an aggregate 415 team score.
Other scorers for the Greyhounds yesterday included Chad Larson with a 105, Kyle Lucas with a 106 and Jade Parker with a 107.
Larson, said GHS Coach Dave Uggetti, was poised to turn in a sub-100 round Monday when he eased into the turn with a front nine 50. A couple of snags on the back side, however, ballooned Larson's score to a 55 for the final nine holes of play.
Parker, in carding a 107, continues to show improvement, according to Uggetti. "He's actually getting pretty decent," Uggetti said.
Lucas is also on the verge of shooting consistently in the 90's, said Uggetti. Right now, his major stumbling block appears to be in maintaining consistency on the blocks.
"Kyle (Lucas) is fighting his driver a little bit," said Uggetti. "He's hitting it well, but he hits a draw and he's trying to learn to control it."
The Greyhound linksters are playing at a non-league invitational at Cle Elum's Suncadia Resort today (Tuesday). Next Tuesday, May 8, Grandview is scheduled to host Ephrata.