REDMOND - Justin Bos is off and running...for the Columbia Basin Community College Hawks. The 2008 Sunnyside High School grad made an impressive spring debut for the CBCC men's golf team earlier this week.
Competing at the NWAACC spring opener in Redmond and Glendale on April 5-6, Bos managed a 21st place finish from the 59-man field.
The former Grizzly golf standout opened the two-day competition at Redmond's Trilogy Golf Course. Bos, despite picking up nothing better than par, scrapped his way around the tree-lined course with a 7-over-par 79 (40-39).
"No birdies for me on opening day," Bos said, but he wasn't complaining about his round of 79, considering he absorbed five penalty strokes via a couple of well-placed water hazards.
Bos moved to the Glendale Country Club the following day, known for its heavy thicket of trees lining each fairway.
"The trees kind of got me, I was hitting from them pretty regularly," he said.
Although most of his approach shots were far from routine, Bos managed a 4-over-par 76. He shot a nifty 37 on the front side, ballooning slightly to a 39 after the clubhouse turn.
His lone birdie on the second day of the 36-hole competition came on the par-4, first hole. He stuffed his approach shot, with an 8-iron from the tree line, to within a foot of the cup, tapping in for bird.
Bos's 155 two-day total left him in a two-way tie for 21st place honors. The medalist for the NWAACC league opener was Nick Fasiano of Southwest Oregon, who tallied a 143 on rounds of 71-72. Matt Epstein of Bellevue Community College had the second low individual score, a 145 (71-74).
Team-wise in the league competition, Fasiano led Southwest Oregon to top honors. Both the Oregon school and Bellevue tallied an aggregate 594, but Southwest Oregon came away with the top prize via a shootout.
The Columbia Basin Community College Hawks were one of two squads in the 11-team field that could not field a complete team, thus were officially listed as incomplete in the team rankings.
Bos and his CBCC teammates are scheduled to compete at an invite at Avondale Golf Course near Hayden, Idaho this coming Friday and Saturday.