PASCO - Although the Grizzlies brought up the rear at yesterday's Columbia Basin Big Nine 3A League match, Sunnyside High School golfers Chandler Luther and Nathan Meyer finished squarely in the middle of the nearly 40-man pack.
Playing at Pasco's par-72 Sun Willows Golf Course Monday afternoon, both Luther and Meyer carded sub-90 rounds to lead the Grizzly charge.
Luther went 41-43 enroute to posting a 12-over-par 84. Along the way he knocked down a pair of birds, one on the par-4 fifth hole and the other on the par-5, 15th.
Meyer finished two shots back of his teammate with an 86. He shot pretty much bogey golf on the front nine, absorbing a 45. Meyer sliced four strokes off that on the back side, however, carding a 41 after the clubhouse turn, thanks in part to nailing a tweeter on No. 16, a par-3 hole.
Sunnyside freshman Ian Heffron tallied the third low round for Sunnyside yesterday...a 93 on front and back side scores of 50-43.
Heffron, said Sunnyside Coach Gary Rohde, started his round on No. 5, and put himself into a hole from the get-go. "Ian had a rough five-hole start," Rohde said, explaining the underclassman was 11-over through his first five holes. Heffron righted the ship considerably when he reached No. 10, going just 10-over through the final 13 holes.
Rounding out the SHS team scorecard was a round of 105 from sophomore James Voorhies. He never really found any sure footing, carding a 50 on the front nine and a 55 on holes 10 through 18.
Team-wise, Sunnyside placed last from the eight-school field with a team tally of 368. Southridge, behind medalist Nick Mandrell's 4-under-par round of 68, had the low team score, a 298.
The lone Sunnyside girl competing at Monday's CBBN league match was Ashley Davis. She went 67-71 for a 138. Fairly new to the game of golf, Davis continues to show signs of making progress, according to Rohde.