BELLINGHAM - Bound for Columbia Basin College to play golf for the Hawks this coming fall, Sunnyside High School senior Justin Bos wrapped up his prep career on the links in fine fashion yesterday.
Bos backed up his opening round of 78 at the WIAA Class 3A State golf tournament on Tuesday with a 76 Wednesday morning. His two-day, 154 total at the Bellingham Country Club left Bos in a tie for 25th place. Sharing the 25th place spot with Bos were Eastmont's Sam Marney (78-76) and Scott Weishaar of Camas (76-78).
Yesterday's leader board showed the Sunnyside senior leap-frogging past half a dozen golfers with his second day 76. Wednesday's round included a 3-over-par 40 on the front nine, and a nifty 1-over-par 36 on the back side of the luscious Bellingham course.
In finishing in a tie for 25th, Bos ended up 15 shots back of this year's 3A State champion, Matt Rawitzer of Squalicum. Rawitzer, after grabbing a share of the first-day lead by carding a 3-under 69, fired a 2-under 70 on Wednesday to win by four strokes over a pair of golfers who tied for runner-up honors-Bainbridge Island's Carl Jonson (73-70) and Shorecrest's Jens Bracht (73-70).
Daniel Snoey of Camas, who shared the first-day lead with Rawitzer with an identical 69, finished tied for fourth after absorbing a 77 on Wednesday.
The low 18-hole round of the two-day, 3A State tourney was posted Wednesday by John Jordan of Timberline High School. Jordan, who opened with a 78, notched a 4-under-par 68 yesterday to finish in a four-way tie for fourth.
The only hiccups to Bos's Wednesday morning round were a pair of double-bogeys. The first came on the par-4 fifth hole, where he flubbed a chip that resulted in a three-putt. The second double-bogey came after the turn, on the par-4 12th. He hit into the trees and in punching out, laced his ball out-of-bounds. No. 12 could have proven even more disastrous, had Bos not drilled a 40-foot putt to make a six.
While it may be easy for Bos to look back at the two holes that potentially cost him a top 10 finish at State, the Sunnyside standout golfer has plenty of highlights he can look back on, as well. In touring the 6,500-yard, tree-lined course he snared four birdies along the way.
Perhaps the most impressive of the four tweeters came on No. 17, a par-4 that plays 320 yards. Bos drove the green, two-putting for the bird.
He also birdied No. 4 and 15, both par-4's, as well as the par-5 first hole, which stretches out 480 yards from tee to green.
Overall, said Bos, "I was pretty pleased with how I played."
The one area he said he could have improved upon, however, was his tee shots.
"I only hit six fairways," admitting he sprayed his drives a bit more than usual. The result of being off-line left him with reaching the green in regulation just seven times.
On the plus side, Bos had his flat stick working well yesterday, needing just 28 putts to complete his round.
Bos, who also qualified for the 3A State tournament his sophomore year, now takes his game down the road to the Tri-Cities. He'll begin playing golf for Columbia Basin College Coach Dan Clifford this coming fall, having already signed a letter of intent and accepting the athletic scholarship that accompanies the offer.
"CBC's athletic programs, across the board, are some of the best around," said Bos. "I'm excited about going there and getting the chance to continue playing golf."