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Visser cards personal best

Well, not exactly, but Sunnyside's Renae Visser does know what it's like to be the Lady Grizzlies' sole representative at girls golf competitions.

Visser, one of only two athletes on the Sunnyside High School girls golf team but the lone Lady Grizzly to compete at Columbia Basin Big Nine League matches, recorded a personal best yesterday afternoon in a conference contest staged at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Resort. Visser toured the 18-hole, par-72 course with a 105.

"That's her best score ever," said Sunnyside Coach Gary Rohde. "She's starting to play pretty well."

On the front nine Thursday, Visser utilized a par on the seventh hole to make it to the clubhouse turn with a 51. On Apple Tree's back side, which plays as a par-37, Visser scooted around the final nine holes with a 54. She nailed down her second par on the day on No. 10.

The two holes she parred, No. 7 and No. 10, both have small ponds that front the greens. "It shows she was managing her game pretty well," said Rohde.

Visser also was among the small field of prepsters yesterday who drove the 17th green, Apple Tree's signature hole that features an elevated block with an apple-shaped green that is surrounded by water. The SHS golfer absorbed a bogey on the par-3 hole, however, by three-putting the over-sized green.

"I think the thing about Renae's game yesterday is that she never really took anything real big on any one hole," said Rhode. "A lot of bogeys, a couple of doubles, nothing much worse than that.

"She was just very consistent," he added.

Visser isn't scheduled to compete again until Tuesday, April 28. Three Lakes Golf Course in Wenatchee will be the site of the fourth league match of the season that day. The fifth and final Big Nine match of the season is scheduled for May 6 at Sunnyside's own Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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