ELLENSBURG - Considering the winds were topping out at about 50 miles per hour yesterday afternoon, it's a wonder the prep linksters from Grandview, Ellensburg, Selah and Quincy didn't get blown off the course.
Thursday's CWAC League match was staged at the Ellensburg course, and as usual for this time of year, the golfers had to battle the gusting conditions.
"Anything under 100, I considered that a good score yesterday, everything considered," said Grandview Coach Dave Uggetti.
The one linkster who did manage the adverse weather conditions was Grandview senior Josh Jardine. Claiming medalist honors, the left-handed swinging prepster was three strokes better than the next closest competitor. Jardine opened with a 42 on the Ellensburg course's front nine, nearly mirroring that effort on the back side with a 43.
"Shooting an 85 on a par-71 course in those conditions, it was a good performance for Josh," said Uggetti.
The Grandview coach said his team in recent weeks has had to battle the normal spring winds, and that experience paid dividends in Ellensburg yesterday.
"With Josh, I think here recently he's learned to use the wind to his advantage," Uggetti said.
Behind the efforts of Jardine, the Greyhounds managed to post the third best team score on Thursday afternoon. Grandview's 447 was 25 strokes lower than the last-place finishing Quincy Jackrabbits.
Grandview's Ryan Contreras was also poised to turn in a pretty decent round Thursday, but hole No. 13 snagged him and dealt him a bogey-six 10 on the par-4, 295-yard, dogleg right affair. Despite the wheels coming off his wagon on that hole, Contreras carded a 96 on front and back side scores of 43-53.
Rounding out the team scoring for Grandview was the duo of Cameron Dillon and Dylan Parker. Dillon had a 129 (66-63) and Parker posted a 137 (64-73).
The Selah Vikings, behind Kyle Yates' 88, claimed top team honors at the four-school league match with an aggregate 381. Yates' round was the second best performance on the day. Selah also got a 95 from Jimmy Wood.
The second-place finishing Ellensburg Bulldogs, with a 412, was led by Carl Bender. He posted the third low individual round, an 89.
Grandview's boys return to action next Tuesday at the Suncadia Invitational. The 20-team invite will be staged at Suncadia's Prospector course.