YAKIMA - Had they been selling mulligans at the start of yesterday's Central Washington Golf Invitational at Apple Tree Golf Course, Sunnyside High School senior Justin Bos would have been wise in purchasing a couple of them.
Of course, mulligans weren't for sale, and the two do-overs Bos was forced into on the par-4, 15th hole because of two OB shots cost him dearly. He absorbed a nine on the hole, which took him out of contention for medalist honors.
"If Justin pars that hole, he's right there for medalist honors," said Sunnyside Coach Ryan Wattenbarger.
As it turned out, Bos still turned in a respectable round, thanks to four birdies on the day. He finished seven shots off the pace with an 8-over-par 80.
Lynden's Will Holdridge snared medalist honors with a 1-over-par 73. A quartet of golfers reached the clubhouse one shot back, at 74. They included Arlington's Chad Heisey, Gonzaga Prep's Rob Siebly, Jeff Neher of Walla Walla and Snohomish's Jared Fjelstad.
Team-wise in the 3A scoring at Thursday's invite, Sunnyside tallied a 383, which was the second consecutive time the Grizzlies have been under 400. With the exception of Bos, Wattenbarger is fielding a team of mostly beginners. He said his underclassmen are starting to understand how the game of golf is played.
The 3A winners yesterday were the Eastmont Wildcats, who shot a collective score of 315.
On the 4A side Thursday, Walla Walla claimed top honors with a 307.
In addition to the 80 that Bos carded for Sunnyside, the Grizzlies' Nathan Espinoza and A.J. Visser turned in sub-100 rounds. Espinoza posted a 96, with Visser two shots back at 98. Rounding out the scoring for Sunnyside was Steven Bosma with a 109.
Sunnyside's Nick Navarro also competed yesterday, although his individual round of 124 wasn't applied to the Grizzly team total.
Grandview's golf team also made the trip to Apple Tree yesterday, although only three of their golfers finished the 18 holes of play.
Sophomore Josh Jardine had the best round going for the Greyhounds, but with five or six holes remaining he ran out of balls and had to withdraw from the invite. He was only 8-over at the time.
"He couldn't get anyone to loan him a ball," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "Josh learned it's a little different playing with 4A kids."
Low scorer for the 'Hounds was Jade Parker. He finished with a 115. Grandview teammates Ryan Contreras and Greg Gonzalez posted rounds of 120 and 123, respectively. Kyle Womach, who underwent surgery a couple of weeks back, started play yesterday but withdrew because he wasn't feeling well, said Parrish.
The Greyhound linksters are scheduled to compete at Ephrata next Monday, April 14.
The Sunnyside boys golf team is slated to host Selah at Black Rock Creek Golf Course on Friday, April 18.