Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland finishes state on soggy golf course

Wa-Hi's Drew Reinland golfs through rain, but perserveres and places 38th at the state Class 4A tournament Wednesday at Canyon Lakes.

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KENNEWICK - Drew Reinland finished his Wa-Hi career on a soggy course here Wednesday.

Reinland carded an 84 in the second day of state play at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, combining with his day one score of 77 for 161 and 38th place.

"Drew didn't end his high school career exactly the way he wanted to, but on the other hand, he showed a lot of guts, because he started out terrible," said Wa-Hi boys golf coach Jim Smith.

Reinland shot a 46 on the front nine. It started to rain about 30 minutes before Reinland's tee time, sending his coach scrambling for towels and anything else to dry him and his gear.

"It was wet. It wasn't cold but it was damp, and people were just miserable," Smith said. "Drew could've thrown it in the tank and said ‘Let's get this over with,' but he didn't."

Reinland improved to a 37 on the back nine.

"We're going to remember the last nine holes of Drew's career," Smith said.

The biggest change was an improvement in the weather.

"It cleared up, the sun came back, the back nine was pretty good," he said. "The kids that golfed later had the best part of the day, but that's the way it goes."

The better weather meant Reinland had better play.

"Drew didn't want to go out his senior year with the front nine scores," Smith said.

Reinland will continue his golf career on the Lewis and Clark College golf team.

"For so many kids, who play football or basketball, that's it," Smith said. "They never play the game again. But Drew's best golf days are ahead of him, and you're always better, the older you get. Drew's had a great high school career and it's just going to get better."

His high school coach is proud of him.

"Drew had a great season and a great career," Smith said. "We're very proud of everything he's done. He's one of the most decorated players we've ever had and we wish him the best."

James Feutz from Ballarmine Prep (69-69-138) won the championship. The highest Big Nine finish was Southridge's Austin Westphal (75-78-153), in a four-way tie for 21st.

After a fourth-place team finish in the Big Nine, Smith also has high hopes for next year's crop of Blue Devils.

Junior Jake Hanson will return to the team, and three freshman will also come back.

"Jake barely missed the state cutoff, and he was first team all-league," Smith said. "And hopefully the freshman are a year older and a year better."

The only real trick to golf, Smith said, is practice.

"The key is, you've got to play in the summer. There's no secret to it, and no getting around it," he said. "The kids that play the most, play the best."

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