SELAH - Powered by the 3-over-par round of J.J. Wood, the Selah Vikings stormed past the Sunnyside High School boys golf team yesterday, 334-399.
Monday's non-league match against class 2A Selah was staged at the Yakima Elks, the home course for the Vikings. Wood took advantage of the familiar surroundings to claim medalist honors, shooting a 74.
"It was pretty windy yesterday, but the Selah course is in great shape...mid-season form already," said Sunnyside Coach Ryan Wattenbarger.
The Grizzlies' top golfer, senior Justin Bos, found the course to his liking, as well, even though he came in several strokes about his scoring average, carding a 9-over-par 80. Bos was workman-like yesterday, knocking down either pars or bogies on each of the 18 holes.
"His driver is still working great," Wattenbarger said of Bos's tee shots. "If anything, he still needs to work on his iron play."
Senior A.J. Visser posted the second lowest round yesterday for the Grizzlies, shooting a 97. It appeared as though Visser was on course to finish much lower, however, as he hit the clubhouse turn with an 8-over-par 43 on the front nine.
"It was a very good front nine for A.J.," said Wattenbarger. "But then the wind picked up and it kind of got him."
Wattenbarger said Visser is capable of scoring regularly in the upper 80's or lower 90's. "The key for him is driving the ball straight," said the SHS coach.
Sunnyside's three through six golfers, three freshmen and one sophomore, are all relatively new to the game. "They're young, and right now they just need some experience," said Wattenbarger.
The underclassmen include Nathan Espinoza, who carded a 108 yesterday, Nick Navarro and Stephen Bosma, who finished at 114 and 115 Monday afternoon, and P.J. Garcia, who posted a 134.
The Grizzly golfers will open Columbia Basin 3A League play this coming Thursday at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course.