Sunnyside teen qualifies for WJGA State tourney

RICHLAND - An eagle and three birdies, all coming during a four-hole stretch in the waning moments of the Washington Junior Golf Association's District tournament at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course yesterday, vaulted Sunnyside's Justin Bos to a third place finish.

A senior at Sunnyside High School this fall, Bos earned a berth to the WJGA State tournament as a result of his third place showing at District.

The two-day WJGA District tourney opened Monday on Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course, known for its large, extremely quick greens. Bos toured the treacherous track with a steady, 2-over-par 74. He fired an impressive 35 on Canyon Lakes' front side, ballooning slightly after the turn with a 39.

District golfers switched venues on Tuesday, moving to Richland's Columbia Point course to close out the tourney.

Bos kept himself in the running for a State tourney berth by carding an unceremonious, 2-over-par 39 on Columbia Point's front nine. He maintained his steady gait through the first three holes after the clubhouse turn, but when Bos reached the par-5, 517-yard 13th hole, he elevated his game to the top rung on the ladder.

Stepping to the tee blocks on No. 13, Bos laced his drive 307 yards down the middle of the fairway. With 210 yards to go, he chose 6-iron. His ball found the soft cut of the fringe, about 30 feet from the cup. From there, he chipped in for eagle.

The Sunnyside linkster followed up his mammoth 307-yard drive on No. 13 by driving the 309-yard 14th hole. A two-putt gave him birdie.

Bos found the green again off the tee blocks on the par-3, 206-yard 15th hole. Facing a 15-foot birdie putt, he delivered a stroke that resulted in his ball rattling the bottom of the cup.

On fire, Bos kept the momentum going by sending his tee shot 370 yards down the 16th fairway.

Asked why he's hitting his driver such great lengths right now, Bos said he's still using the G-5 Ping driver that's been in his bag for quite some time.

"I think it's just my timing right now," he said. "Everything is clicking."

Left with 20 yards to the par-4 green after his 370-yard monster drive, he lobbed his wedge shot to within four feet of the pin, from where he stuck his third consecutive birdie.

Bos closed out the back side at Columbia Point with a 4-under-par 31, leaving him at 2-under for the day. Coupled with the 2-over 74 he shot Monday at Canyon Lakes, he finished District tourney play at even-par.

The only two golfers to eclipse the Sunnyside linkster from the boys 17 & under, 26-person field were Jonathan Lumper of the Tri-Cities, who finished first with a 4-under-par 140, and East Wenatchee's Brady Parsons, who shot 2-under-par 142 over the course of the two days.

The Washington Junior Golf Association's State tournament will be staged next week, July 25-27, in the Tacoma area at Fircrest Golf Course. Bos said he'll definitely be competing in the event, and it's probably a sure bet that his G-5 Ping driver will be accompanying him on the trip.

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