YAKIMA - Justin Bos of Sunnyside has found his groove. The 2008 Sunnyside High School graduate, now a member of the Columbia Basin Community College men's golf team, is firing on all cylinders on the links.
In his most recent outing, at the Monday, April 13, Central Washington PGA Chapter-sponsored pro-am event at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Resort, Bos turned in the low amateur round for the day.
He fired a 2-under-par 33 on Apple Tree's front nine, wrapping up the back side with a 1-under-par 36.
His 18-hole total of 3-under-par 69 included scoring a two on the par-4, opening hole. A monster drive left Bos just 80 yards from the cup, from where he chipped in to notch the eagle.
Bos's round of 69, the low amateur score posted at the PGA-sponsored event, was bested by just one golfer, a club professional who shot a 68 to clip Bos by a single stroke for overall top honors. The assistant club pro from Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, Robbie Goins, finished at 1-over-par 73.
Monday's below-par round by Bos came on the heels of him shooting a 73 in a collegiate match just two days prior. He and his Columbia Basin teammates took to the road for a non-league match-up against the North Idaho Community College golf team.
The April 10-11 competition, originally scheduled to be played out at Avalon Golf Course near Hayden, Idaho but required a change of venues because of snowfall, was instead staged at the Idaho Golf Club on the opening day and at The Links for the closing 18-hole round. Both of those courses are located near Post Falls, Idaho.
Bos opened the two-day match last Friday with a 7-over-par 79, the neighborhood where most of his scores have been falling of late.
Come day two of the collegiate contest, however, Bos said "...I think I figured out how to hit my driver straight." He explained that his CBCC coach started working with him on developing a flatter swing plane. It's simply a matter, Bos said, of drawing the club inside, closer to his body, on his takeaways.
The results so far are promising. Always a long hitter, routinely driving his ball 300 yards-plus off the blocks, he's now keeping his ball in the fairway.
The swing adjustment paid big dividends at The Links on the second day of the collegiate competition. He finished last Saturday's round with a 1-over-par 73, which included etching four birdies onto his scorecard. Only his Columbia Basin teammate, C.A. Everson of Pasco, topped him with a 1-under-par 71. Everson went on to win medalist honors for the two-day event, thanks to carding a 73 for the opening 18 holes of play.
Bos is scheduled to return to the golf links this coming Sunday and Monday at a collegiate tournament, to be staged at the same Apple Tree site where he shot his 3-under-par 69 this past Monday.