Wa-Hi golfers win invite

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MISSION - Wa-Hi's boys, paced by senior Drew Reinland, withstood a battering from the elements to win the 10-school Wildhorse Invitational prep golf tournament here on Monday.

With intermittent wind gusts that bent the flags to the greens and torrents of rain that blew under the umbrellas, Wa-Hi persevered to shoot a 9-hole team score of 167 and edge The Dalles of Wahtonka by a single stroke.

The teams scores on the day were Wa-HI 167, The Dalles 168, Pendleton 170, Hermiston 170, Crook County 176, La Grande 178, Madras 194, Mac-Hi 231, Nixyaawii 249 and Hanford (withdrew).

Wa-Hi's Reinland shot 37 for the event's medalist honors.

The Blue Devils' individual scorers were Reinland at 37, Jake Hanson at 40 (tied for third), Dean Atkinston at 44 and Nick Atwood at 46. Travis Morrison shot a non-counting 47.

"We were the toughest guys there," Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith said with a laugh. "The conditions were miserable. The wind blew like crazy at the start, but the temperature was 67 degrees. Then the dark clouds and the rains came, and the temperature dropped like someone opened a refrigerator door.

"Then the sun came out, and the wind slowed down a bit," Smith said. "After a few minutes of that, the winds came up and the rain blew sideways, and the flags on the green bent to the ground.

"Finally, on the last four holes, the wind let up again, but the rain came in torrents," Smith said.

"For Drew to shoot a 37 and Jake to shoot a 40 in those conditions was almost heroic," he added.

"And they wanted to continue playing," Smith said. "I was also proud of our younger kids. They hung in there in really miserable conditions. We had great leadership from Drew and Jake, so nobody complained.

"Some of the kids played 12 or 13 holes, but the officials called the match and cut it back to nine holes," he said.

Wa-Hi will be off the rest of this week for spring break and return to action next week.

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