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Othello, East Valley class of 18-team field at G'view High invite

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Sunnyside's Chandler Luther flops a shot with his lob wedge from behind the 18th green at yesterday's 18-team invite. Luther saved bogey on the closing hole, which gave him a pair of front and back nine 47's.

Othello may not have set off any fireworks at yesterday's Grandview High School Boys Golf Invitational, but a balanced, workman-like team effort led the Huskies to a first-place finish at the 18-team competition staged at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

The Huskies, who tallied a 336, got individual rounds ranging from Jared Kummer's team-low, 9-over-par 81 to the 90 shot by Trevor Salsbury. The two other individual rounds added on to the Othello team score were an 82 and 83, collected by Dylan Jahns and Sam Para, respectively.

The East Valley Red Devils, sparked by the invite's medalist, Tyler Jensen, finished second in the team scoring with a 351, 15 shots back of the winning Huskies. Jensen's low round of the tourney, an even-par 72, was six shots better than the two golfers who shared runner-up honors with identical 78's, recorded by Wapato's Greg Klutts and Highland's Min Wooism.

In notching his even-par 72 Jensen knocked down four birdies along the way, two on each side. On the front nine, the East Valley linkster picked up his birds on the par-4 opening hole and No. 5, another par-4 hole that many of the long hitters can easily put their tee shots within 75 yards of the green. Jensen's only two setbacks on the opening nine were a double-bogey on the 215-yard, par-3 second hole and a bogey on the par-3, ninth, which got him into the turn with a 1-over 37.

On the back side Monday, Jensen toured the final nine holes with a 1-under 35. He opened the closing stretch with a par but absorbed a bogey on the dogleg-right 11th. It was all gravy from there for the Red Devil golfer, however, as he proceeded to go birdie-birdie on the next two par-5 holes, then put a stamp on his round with four consecutive pars to finish at even-par 72.

West Valley, Warden, Prosser and Highland managed to secure the third through sixth place team finishes at yesterday's invite.

West Valley, with a third-low team score of 358, was led by Kameron Schmidt's round of 85.

Warden tallied a team score of 362. Nate Stott's 84 paced the Cougars to the fourth-place finish.

Prosser, fifth with a 363, got a team-low, 9-over-par 81 from Chad Hancock.

Highland's 368 was the sixth low team score yesterday. Wooism's 78 powered the Scotties. No other Highland golfer had a round below 91.

The host Grandview Greyhounds finished incomplete in the team scoring because only three golfers were available for yesterday's invite. The 'Hounds did have Josh Jardine step up big, though, as the southpaw linkster fired an 8-over-par 80 (39-41).

Jardine's round wasn't flashy, no birdies along the way, but he was extremely consistent. He parred six of the nine holes on the front side, bogeying the three others. After the clubhouse turn, Jardine stumbled a bit, but still managed to claim four pars while settling for bogey five times.

His two Grandview teammates, Ryan Contreras and Dylan Parker, absorbed rounds of 101 and 148, respectively.

Sunnyside finished in the middle of the pack in the team scoring, placing 10th overall with a 394. The Grizzlies were paced by Nathan Espinoza's bogey-mirrored 90. He shot identical 45's on the two nines.

Also competing for Sunnyside were Chandler Luther with a 94 (47-47), Nick Navarro with a 104 (46-58) and Nathan Meyer with a 106 (54-52).

The other teams in the tourney and their low scorers included Riverside Christian (428) with Kevin Westbay shooting an 89; Royal City (384) with Kyle Spartveit carding an 88; Selah (386) with Tyler Smith's 92 the low round; Toppenish (inc.) with Ramon Ascencion notching a 97; Wahluke (inc.) with Tony Martinez's 111 the low round; Wapato (407) with Klutts sparkling with a 78; Cle Elum (426) with Rylee Iacolluci turning in an 80; Naches (368) with Shane Tillett's 85 the low individual round; Quincy (474) with Brandt Evens' 112 the best round for the Jackrabbits; and Zillah (401) with Caleb Duford leading the Leopards with a 96.

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