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Mustang linksters best 14-school field at Grandview invite

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Grandview's Josh Jardine hits his approach shot onto the 18th green in tournament play last Friday. Jardine posted the low individual round for the Greyhounds, carding a 100 (50-50).

Three rounds of 6-over-par 78 carded by Prosser's Devin Bender, Chad Hancock and Wade French propelled the Mustangs to capture top honors at last Friday's Grandview Invitational, staged at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

A total of 14 high school boys golf teams were entered in the tourney.

Coupled with the 85 snared by teammate Spencer Bogge, the Mustang linksters ran away with the team title. Their 319 team total easily bested the 333 runner-up score posted by the Othello Huskies. The East Valley Red Devils finished two shots back, at 335, for third place honors.

The host Greyhounds were one golfer short of manning a full four-man squad, as were the Sunnyside Grizzlies. Hence, both Grandview and Sunnyside finished tied for last in the team standings with scores of incomplete.

Last Friday's medalist proved to be East Valley's Tyler Jensen. He finished with a tourney-best, 4-over-par 76. Jensen knocked down three birdies on the front nine enroute to hitting the turn with a one-over 37. The Red Devil golfer parred the first six holes on the back side before absorbing a double-bogey on the par-4, 16th hole. He closed out his round with a par on No. 17 and a bogey on the closing hole for a back nine 39.

The second low individual round was turned in by Minwoo Park of the Highland Scotties. Park, like Jensen, carded a 1-over-par 37 on the front side, thanks to six pars, one birdie and two bogeys. Park opened the back side with a triple-bogey before reeling off five straight pars, a birdie and another par. That left the Highland golfer tied with Jensen going into No. 18, but a double-bogey on the closing hole relegated Park to finishing with the second low round on the day.

Grandview's low scorer last Friday was Josh Jardine. He shot identical nines of 50 to post a team-low 100. Jardine's highlights were a pair of pars on the par-5, 14th and the par-4, 16th.

Second in for the Greyhounds was Ryan Contreras. He notched two pars on the front side enroute to hitting the turn with a 49, but ballooned to a 56 on the back nine for a final 105.

Tim Broadie shot 64-65 (129) to round out the Grandview team scoring.

Nathan Espinoza of Sunnyside put up the 12th lowest individual score last Friday from among the 65 golfers. He parred five of the first six holes in hitting the clubhouse turn with a 5-over-par 41. On the back nine, Espinoza opened with a par, bogeyed three consecutive holes, righted the ship with two straight pars, then finished with a string of three bogeys for a 42, giving him an 11-over-par 83 for the day.

Sunnyside's Jacob Bos turned in one of his better performances of the young season by carding a 97. His lone par on the front nine, where he settled for a 50, came on the par-3, second hole. Bos cut his back side score to a 47, thanks in part to pars on numbers 13 and 15.

The Grizzlies' third golfer in Friday's tourney was Nick Navarro. He had rounds of 53-48 for a 101 total. Navarro's lone par of the day came on the par-5, 13th hole.

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