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Prosser linksterfires low round at three-team match

A 2010 season opening jamboree between the Sunnyside, Grandview and Prosser golf teams was staged yesterday at the Lower Valley's premier golfing venue, Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

None of the female golfers from the three schools were able to get in more than seven holes of golf, due to impending darkness, thus their rounds were deemed incomplete and scores were not released.

On the boys side in the nine-hole match, played on the par-36 front nine at Black Rock Creek, Prosser's Chad Hancock led all linksters by carding a 5-over-par 41. Mustang teammate Wade French finished two strokes back at 43.

Prosser had a total of 20 golfers competing in the boys match, but only Hancock and French were able to complete their rounds before darkness set in.

Sunnyside had six boys available for Tuesday's competition, but only three completed their nine-hole rounds. The low scorer for the Grizzlies was Nathan Espinoza, who finished five strokes back of the medalist, Hancock, with a 10-over-par 46. Grizzly teammate Chandler Luther was one shot back of Espinoza with a 47. Also for Sunnyside, Nick Navarro hit the clubhouse turn with a 53.

For the host Grandview Greyhounds, who are limited to just four golfers on the boys squad this year, only senior Josh Jardine and freshman Dylan Parker were available for yesterday's season-opening jamboree. Jardine's start to the season wasn't memorable, according to GHS Coach Dave Uggetti, as the senior stumbled in with a 49. The underclassman Parker, a relative newcomer to the game of golf, opened the season with a forgettable 82.

Grandview's next scheduled match is Friday, March 19, for the boys squad at the Othello Invitational. Grandview's girls squad, which is comprised of just three golfers, is supposed to play a dual match at Ephrata the same day.

Uggetti also mentioned that the Grandview Invitational originally scheduled for Friday, March 26, has been up to Monday, March 22. Action that day at Black Rock Creek Golf Course is slated to begin at 9 a.m.

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