Good weather leads to good golfing for Wa-Hi boys

Wa-Hi's boys' golf team has three players in the 70s at Sun Willows.

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PASCO - Wa-Hi's boys finally enjoyed a little good weather and three Blue Devils shot in the 70s at the third Columbia Basin Big Nine pod match of the season at Sun Willows Monday.

"It was our best outing of the year," Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith said. "When you have three guys in the 70s, you're going to have a good outing.

"It was the best weather we've had," he said. "It wasn't great, but it was the best we've had - some sun, wind, some clouds, a few raindrops; you keep thinking it'll get better, it just hasn't cooperated yet."

Blue Devil Gunnar Leighty's 77 tied him for fourth place with two Richland golfers, Nick Atwood turned in a 78 to tie for seventh, and Dean Atkinson shot a 79 on the par-72 course.

"Gunnar had his best round of the year," Smith said of the Blue Devils' low scorer. "It was a pleasant surprise, but he's said he's always liked that course. It was great to see him come through.

"Our top three guys performed really well. Now we need a fourth or fifth guy."

Jeremiah Mason and Travis Morrison finished at 89 apiece, with one of their scores dropping out of the team standings, and Cameron Mountain carded a 95.

Medalist on the day was Richland's Jeff Marcum at 71.

The Bombers had four of the top six finishes at the match.

Wa-Hi finished tied for second at the pod with Moses Lake with a team score of 323, behind Richland's 301.

Wenatchee and host Chiawana were tied for fourth at 342, Davis was next at 361 and Eisenhower recorded at 380.

On the season, Wa-Hi trails Richland in the team standings, 21-16.5, and the Blue Devils hold a one-point edge on Moses Lake.

"That's good because nobody is going to catch Richland," Smith said of the overall team race. "They'll (Richland) probably have five kids make all-league, which is something."

Wa-Hi next heads to Meadow Springs in Richland on Monday for the fourth of five season pod matches.

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