GIRLS PREP GOLF
Newly hired assistant coach Glenn Braman has been tasked with rebuilding the Grandview High School girls’ golf team.
As the former head coach for Sunnyside’s golf team, Braman can spot talent. What he sees from the three Grandview sophomores who turned out for the golf squad this spring, well…he says there’s work to be done. But, he’s quick to add, the three girls all possess athletic talent, “…and all three show a willingness to listen and want to improve.”
The three sophomores got in playing time on the links last season. Braman hopes to strengthen the foundation they’ve already established, with the ultimate goal of all three eventually advancing into postseason play.
The three sophomores rep-
resenting Grandview on the links are Hannah Pond, Teagan Parrish and Reagan Colson.
Following a season-opening, makeshift jamboree on their home course early last week, the trio trekked to Othello’s municipal course last Thursday to compete at a six-school invite. What surfaced, at least in Braman’s eyes, was a lot of potential.
Considering the Othello course is still in pretty rough shape, not yet having recovered from a long, cold winter, Braman said the GHS trio scored decently.
Pond toured the 18 holes with consistent nines of 65-63, notching a couple of bogeys along the way.
Early on, it appears Pond’s strength is her short game.
“She’s not too bad around the greens,” said Braman. “Hannah chips and putts pretty well.”
Off the blocks and from the fairway, Braman said Pond puts a clean swing on the ball. But, her area of focus, he said, will be in getting the club head square when making contact.
“She just needs some work on her ball striking,” he said.
Parrish, whom Braman describes as the strongest, most athletic girl on the GHS team, finished on Pond’s coattails in Othello with front and back side scores of 64-68.
“She’s very strong…230-yard drives at times,” said Braman.
“With Teagan, we’ll be working on consistency,” he said, noting that means plenty of ball striking repetition both on the range and on the course.
Braman said Parrish, as well as the two other members of the team, also will be working on learning course management. “Sometimes when you’re in trouble and you’ve got trees around you, it’s better to pull out a mid-iron and put the ball back into play, instead of trying to blast it as hard as you can, only to have the ball come bouncing back at you.
“Working with Teagan, she’s very receptive to suggestions,” Braman said.
Colson, who notched nine-hole rounds of 67-75 at Othello, like her teammates, just needs to put in time in learning to square up her shots, said Braman.
Overall with his three-girl squad, Braman said this season will be spent on learning how to shave a stroke here or there off their scores.
“It’s about developing a strategy for each hole,” he said. “It’s finding out which club to hit to get to a certain spot on the fairway, so that the girls can reach into their bags for a club that they know will get them to the green.
“It’s learning when to take your medicine – when to give up a single shot instead of going for it and ultimately costing you two or three strokes.
“The girls are also working on their short games. Hitting chip shots with a wedge from just off the green is tough sometimes, especially early on when learning the game. We’ve been practicing bump-and-run shots, where you pull out a 7-iron and use it like a putter. The results have been pretty good so far,” he said.
The Grandview girls’ team is back in action on Wednesday, March 26, at Black Rock Creek Golf Course against the Prosser Mustangs.