TOPPENISH - Only a freshman, Grandview's Kayla Lucas is making strides in her attempt from elevating her game from being a duffer to a force to be reckoned with on the golf links.
A relative newcomer to the game of golf, the high school underclassman is working seriously on getting off the blocks and putting herself in a position to reach the greens in regulation.
Granted, Lucas still has a ways to go to reach that goal, but based on yesterday's performance at a CWAC league match at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club, the freshman is progressing in the right direction.
"Kayla showed improvement with her tee shots yesterday," Grandview Coach Micala Bruinekool said, noting that several of Lucas' blasts ended up further down the fairway than in recent competitions.
The problem for Lucas, and the one other Lady Greyhound who was available to play yesterday, sophomore Natasha Lara, was that many of their shots drifted off the fairway. The Toppenish course, said Bruinekool, is set up different than her team's home course, in that there is a distinct advantage in keeping the ball in the short grass.
"You get off the fairway at Toppenish, you pay a price," said Bruinekool. "The grass is much taller in the second cut than what we're used to."
Digging the balls out of the shaggy turf yesterday afternoon resulted in Lucas posting a not-so-glitzy 158. She shot identical 79's on the two nines.
Lara struggled even more with the course set-up, stumbling into the clubhouse with a 173 on front and back side scores of 90-83.
"Our girls have a ways to go, but we're working on all aspects of our game.
"We're young but the girls are showing improvement as the season progresses," Bruinekool added.
Yesterday's medalist at the three-school CWAC match turned out to be Ephrata's Skyler Key. She carded a 98 by mirroring her front side 49 with another 49 after the clubhouse turn. One shot back with a 99 (50-49) was Tiger teammate Ali Duff.
Ephrata won the league match by posting a team low score of 410.
Wapato, second with an aggregate 550, was led by Ashley Vateclez with a 126 (64-62).
Grandview had to absorb an incomplete in the team scoring because it did not have a full complement of four golfers.
The Lady Greyhound linksters are scheduled to play next at another CWAC match, that one set for Monday, May 3, at the Yakima Elks Country Club in Selah against the host Vikings, Toppenish and East Valley.