Wa-Hi boys finish third at Big Nine pod golf match

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YAKIMA - Wa-Hi's boys golfers finished third at a Big Nine pod match hosted by Davis at Yakima Country Club Monday.

Richland won the windy match with a team score of 313, followed by Moses Lake at 338, Wa-Hi 340, Wenatchee 344, Chiawana 362, Davis 373 and Eisenhower 403.

And Wa-Hi senior leader Jake Hansen is likely done for the year with a back injury.

"There's no sense in him trying to fight it," said Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith. "It's ridiculous to try to fight it. He can't rest during the season."

With Hansen sidelined, Smith will lean on other Blue Devils to help the team get through.

Wa-Hi's Nick Atwood tied for third individually, shooting a 79 on the par-72 course.

"He had a good day, considering that none of our kids had ever seen the course," Smith said. "He had a really good score, especially in the wind. We haven't played that course in a long time, so it was kind of an adventure for everybody."

Richland's Cole Lorenzo carded a 76 to win the match, followed by fellow Bomber Jeff Marcum at 78.

Atwood was tied at third with Moses Lake's Gabe Porter and Richland's Hunter Thompson.

Wa-Hi's Jake Hanson tied for 11th at 84, Dean Atkinson was alone at 14 at 87, Gunnar Leighty tied for 18th at 90 to account for the Blue Devils' team score.

Non-counting scores for Wa-Hi included Jeremiah Mason at 23rd shooting 91, and Houston Rice tied for 30th at 101.

Hansen's skills will be missed, Smith said. Hansen spent the last three weeks on the sideline trying to recover, but the back injury proved too much.

"We worked hard and he's a four-year guy," he said. "We expected him to compete for player of the year or first team, so it's disappointing for him, it's disappointing for me and it's disappointing for the team. He was our guy, so now we've got to pick up slack and the other kids will play better."

The Blue Devils travel to Pendleton Friday for a nonleague match, with several other Big Nine schools and Oregon schools.

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