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Grizzly golfers charge hard at Elks

SELAH - Nothing surfaces in recent memory, at least from those associated with the Sunnyside High School golf program, of a higher finish in league play than that recorded this past Tuesday by the Grizzly boys squad.

Competing at a Columbia Basin Big Nine match at the par-71 Yakima Elks Country Club in Selah, Sunnyside garnered a third-place finish from the six-school field.

The 3A Grizzlies, spearheaded by Chan Luther's 11-over-par 82, tallied a team score of 344.

Only 4A schools Moses Lake and Wenatchee finished ahead of the Grizzlies in the team standings on Tuesday, and the runner-up Chiefs barely did so, edging out Sunnyside by a six-stroke margin for second-place honors.

4A Eastmont, Eisenhower and Davis placed fourth through sixth, respectively.

Tuesday's medalist, playing for the winning team on Tuesday, was Moses Lake's Brendan Cox. He fired a 1-over-par 72.

The prep golfers were greeted with ideal weather conditions at Selah, and for the most part the playing conditions were adequate. The only snafu proved to be the greens, which were rolling out a bit on the slow side due to the annual spring punching of the surfaces.

In leading Sunnyside to its team total of 344, Luther turned in a very workman-like, birdie-free 82 on front and back side scores of 40-42.

Second in for the Grizzlies was Brandon Daley, who shaved several strokes off his previous personal best by carding an 84. Making the transition from being a track and field athlete to being a golfer, Daley got around the front nine with a 5-over-par 40. He ended up with an 8-over 44 after making the clubhouse turn.

Three strokes back of Daley was teammate Ian Heffron, who has steadily been making strides with his own golf game, as well. Heffron tallied an 87 with consistent front and back side scores of 43-44.

Rounding out the team scoring for Sunnyside was a 91 posted by Nathan Meyer, although the Grizzly linkster had to have been asking himself after the round...oh, what might have been?

That's because Meyer toured the Selah course's front nine with a splashy, 4-over-par 39. The career-type day went by the wayside, however, when Meyer blew up on one of the back-nine holes, absorbing a 10. He settled for a 52 on the closing nine holes.

Also competing for Sunnyside at the CBBN match was Eli Romero. His 18-hole round of 122 wasn't applied to the team total, though.

The Sunnyside's boys squad is scheduled to play on its home course this coming Friday. The Grizzlies will be one of four teams at the non-league match. Action this Friday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course starts at 1:30 p.m.

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