Tuesday, April 11, 2006
TOPPENISH - Getting a good dose of playing in the rain this past weekend at a tournament near Bellingham, Sunnyside High School sophomore Justin Bos wasn't bothered yesterday by the wet conditions at a Mid-Valley League POD match at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.
Bos carded the fifth lowest individual round on the day Monday, despite not knocking down a single birdie. He toured the soggy track with a 7-over-par 79. The Grizzly underclassman hit the turn with a 4-over 40, shaving his back nine score to a 3-over 39.
"No birdies for Justin, but lots of pars," said Sunnyside Coach Glenn Braman, who explained that Bos and the rest of the Mid-Valley League field had to play through a steady downpour for the first nine holes.
"It cleared up after that, but it was still pretty wet out there," Braman continued. "The greens were a lot slower than they usually are at Toppenish because of the rain, and there was no roll on the fairways.
"Overall, I think Justin was pretty pleased with the way he played," Braman added.
Because the Grizzlies had only three golfers at their disposal Monday, Sunnyside had to settle for an incomplete score in the POD scoring chase. Sunnyside has yet to field a full four-man team through three POD competitions this season.
Hanford, behind medalist Alex Moore's 1-under-par 71, turned in the low team score of 303. West Valley and Ellensburg finished second and third, respectively, with scores of 341 and 342. Selah and Prosser finished 53 and 56 strokes, respectively, behind the Falcons. The host Wapato Wolves, like Sunnyside, didn't have a full team.
Besides the two Hanford Falcons who shot in the low 70's, the only other golfers to best Bos yesterday were J.J. Wood of Selah (76) and Sam Whitaker of Ellensburg (77).
Andrew Swinehart turned in the second low score for Sunnyside Monday. He posted front and back nine tallies of 53-54.
Braman said Swinehart used Spring Break last week to travel to California, where he played the famed LaCosta course and received help with his game from relatives there.
"Right now Andrew is going through some swing adjustments. He's struggling with his longer clubs, but any time you retool part of your game it takes a lot of work and some time," Braman said.
Braman said he plans on working with Swinehart between now and the next POD match on April 25 in an effort to shore up the young golfer's chipping and putting strokes. "I think with a little work in those areas, he'll be able to cut several shots off his round," Braman said.
Rounding out the scoring for Sunnyside yesterday was Nigel Weenink's 139 (70-69). Braman said the beginning golfer recorded his first ever pars yesterday, on the par-3 eighth and the par-4 10th hole.
In high school girls' action yesterday, Sunnyside's team members elected not to compete at the league POD match in Selah because of the inclement weather.
"It was raining buckets at the time," said Sunnyside Coach Gary Rohde.