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Espinoza fires fifth lowest round at 3A league opener

KENNEWICK - Senior Nathan Espinoza represented Sunnyside well at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A league opener. Espinoza carded a 6-over-par 71 at the Tri-City Country Club.

Espinoza's front and back nine scores of 34-37 ended up being the fifth lowest round of the day.

"It was a very good day for him," Sunnyside Coach Gary Rohde said of Espinoza's round.

The low 18-hole round was claimed by Southridge's Nick Mendell. He carded a 2-over-par 67.

Hanford came out on top in the boys team scoring, shooting an aggregate 283. Sunnyside's boys finished last from among the eight teams, tallying a 344.

Second in for the Grizzly linksters yesterday was Chan Luther. He closed with an 81 on front and back nine scores of 42-39. Rounding out Sunnyside's team scoring were Nathan Meyer with a 95 (49-46) and Greg Spini with a 97 (48-49).

Also competing for Sunnyside, although their rounds weren't applied to the team score, were James Voorhies with a 100 (50-50) and Ryan Hernandez with a 104 (56-48).

In yesterday's league opener for the girls, Sunnyside's one and only team member, senior Renae Visser, carded a 90. According to Rohde, Visser was only six shots back of the medalist, Taylor Kain-Godoy of Hanford, who shot an 84.

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