CLE ELUM - If it was Arnold Palmer's intention to humble golfers when he designed Prospector Course at Suncadia, he failed miserably with Sunnyside High School junior Justin Bos.
The Grizzly linkster sparkled at yesterday's second annual Suncadia Invitational. Bos tamed the resort-style course by shooting an even-par 72.
Only three golfers from the 26-school field finished below Bos.
"For Justin, the 72 was his best score of the year in a competitive setting," said SHS Coach Glenn Braman. "In fact, it's his best ever round in competition."
Bos was truly workman-like Tuesday morning, touring the bunker-splashed, tree-lined, mountain-style course with even-par 36's on the two nines. Along the way he absorbed four bogeys, but countered the minor hiccups with four birdies. He parred the other 10 holes.
Considering Suncadia's tricky-to-read, undulated greens were playing a bit firm yesterday, it was a feat in itself that Bos needed just 31 putts to get through the 18 holes. Bos was just as effective off the blocks and with his approach irons. He nailed eight fairways with his driver and hit 13 greens in regulation.
The three golfers who bested the Grizzly included Capital's Jarred Bossio, who claimed medalist honors with a 4-under-par 68. Bossio carded a nifty 4-under-par 32 on the front side, settling for an even-par 36 after the turn.
The two other linksters to shoot sub-par rounds were Adam Brisben of Lakewood and Blake Weeks of Eastside Catholic. Brisben fired a 70, with Weeks one shot back at 71.
Bossio's teammate from Capital High School, Kyle Kanda, tied Bos with an even-par 72.
Lakewood won the team title yesterday with an impressive 296. In addition to Brisben's two-under-par 70, Lakewood got individual rounds of 73, 75 and a pair of 78's.
Capital, behind Bossio's 68, finished second in the team scoring race with a 303.
Despite the stellar performance by Bos, Sunnyside finished well back in the pack, tallying 415 strokes for a 23rd place finish.
Junior Joseph Villanueva was second in for the Grizzlies, totaling a 112 on front and back nine scores of 56-56. Braman said the relative newcomer to the game of golf had his wedge working well at Suncadia.
One stroke back, with a 113, was teammate Nick Navarro. The freshman showed dramatic improvement from his last competitive round at Apple Tree Golf Course, where he posted a score in the 140's.
"Nick bounced back nicely from a rough day at Apple Tree," said Braman, noting Navarro went 61 on the front nine yesterday but cut his score after the turn to a 52.
Junior A.J. Visser's 118 rounded out the team scoring for Sunnyside. Visser, who said he wasn't pleased with the way he was striking the ball, shot front and back nine scores of 56-62.
Sunnyside's Camilo Sanchez also played in yesterday's tourney, although his 127-58-69 wasn't applied to the team total.
Grandview competed on the Arnold Palmer-designed course as well yesterday, although none of the Greyhounds could get their individual rounds under 100.
The top finisher for the 'Hounds, who placed 24th from the 26-team field, was Kyle Womach. He hit 100 on the head on front and back nine scores of 50-50.
Also competing for Grandview were Jade Parker (104-53-51), Kyle Lucas (106-51-55) and Chad Larson (116-61-55).