PASCO - Junior Chandler Luther posted the best score of the day by a Grizzly golfer at yesterday's season kick-off event, a 19-team invite at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course.
Playing in windy, rainy and cold conditions, the Sunnyside High School junior toured the par-72 course with a 94. Luther carded a 44 on the front nine, ballooning to a 50 on the nine holes after the clubhouse turn.
Team-wise, the Sunnyside Grizzlies placed 18th from the 19-school field with an aggregate score of 409.
Richland and Hanford placed first and second, respectively, with team totals of 312 and 318.
Despite finishing 90 or so strokes behind the top two teams, Sunnyside Coach Gary Rohde said the 409 his Grizzlies tallied was actually fairly close to some of the scores his team will be competing against in Columbia Basin Big Nine League play this spring.
"This will be an improving year for us...where we'll be looking to get better in all parts of our game as the season progresses," Rohde said.
Monday's medalist at Sun Willows was Hanford's Tanner Martin. He posted a 1-under-par 71. "I'd like to see what he can shoot in good weather conditions," laughed Rohde.
Second in for Sunnyside on the scoreboard was junior Nathan Meyer. He finished seven strokes back of his teammate Luther. Meyer's 101 reflected consistency, as only five strokes separated his front and back nine scores (48-53).
A single stroke back of Meyer, with a 102, was teammate Ian Heffron. A freshman playing in his first-ever competitive match, Heffron went 50-52 on the two nines.
"Ian has the potential to make a lot of improvement," said Rohde.
Also competing in the season opener for Sunnyside were James Voorhies (59-48 - 107) and Ethan Partch (62-63 - 125).