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Greyhound linksters miss District cut line for advancing to State

TOPPENISH - Unable to get much of anything going on the links yesterday, all six members of the Grandview High School boys golf team saw their seasons come to a close at the District 5/6 tournament, staged at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.

Senior Chad Larson came the closest of all the 'Hounds to making the cut for the 2A State tournament. He finished just two strokes back of the cut line, shooting a 92 on identical front and back nine scores of 46-46.

"You might say Chad was our highlight yesterday," said Grandview Coach Dave Uggetti.

"It was only a couple of weeks ago that Chad broke 100 for the first time ever in a competitive setting," Uggetti said. "To get down to a 92 yesterday, and at District, that was a super effort by him."

Junior Kyle Womach and senior Kaelan Nelson also shot sub-100 rounds for Grandview at yesterday's District tourney, but the 96 and 98 they carded didn't measure up to expectations. Nor did the 110 that Grandview senior Aaron Riggs stumbled into the clubhouse with.

Uggetti said he figured on getting much more competitive rounds from his golfers.

"We certainly had three or four golfers who were capable of shooting the 90 it took to make it to State," said Uggetti. "But for whatever reason, it didn't happen."

Kyle Lucas of Grandview was also expected to contend for a State berth yesterday, having shot an 86 at the Toppenish course earlier this season. Lucas, after hitting the turn with a disappointing 50 yesterday, opted to withdraw at that point, however.

All 10 of the CWAC teams were represented at Monday's District tourney. The 16 low scoring golfers earned 2A State berths.

The day's medalist proved to be Toppenish senior Adam Story, who toured his home course with an even-par 72.

Story, already verbally committed to playing for the Pacific Lutheran University men's golf team this fall, opened with an even-par 36, thanks in part to picking up birdies on the first two holes. The Wildcat senior duplicated his even-par round on the back side, parring seven of the holes while snaring a bird on the par-5 12th and bogeying the par-4 17th.

The closest anyone came to Story was Ephrata's Austin Key. The Tiger got around the Toppenish course with a 6-over-par 78 on front and back nine scores of 38-40.

No one other than Story and Key shot a sub-80 round yesterday.

Sharing top team honors at yesterday's District competition were Selah and Ephrata. Both clubs shot aggregate scores of 349. Three Ephrata golfers qualified for State, with Selah to be represented at State by four linksters.

Grandview finished ninth in the team scoring race with 396 strokes. Wapato brought up the rear with a team score of 453.

In shooting the low score for Grandview yesterday, Larson came up with an unbelievable eagle on the treacherous 17th hole at Mt. Adams. The par-4 hole has OB stakes all the way down the right side of the fairway, the narrowest of all the fairways at Toppenish, and is lined with Russian Olive trees on the left. The 17th also features a three-tiered green that is extremely tough to hit in regulation.

Larson, too, managed to knock down a pair of birdies on the par-3 eighth hole and the par-5 13th, which is the No. 1 rated hole on the course.

The Greyhound senior's undoing in missing the cut line to State by two strokes proved to be absorbing seven double-bogeys and a triple-bogey on the finishing, par-3 18th.

The CWAC District tourney for girls was also held yesterday, at Soap Lake's Lakeview Country Club. Of the four girls Grandview sent to the State qualifier, Katie Veloz came the closest to advancing. She shot a 116, but was seven shots back of the cut line.

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