WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's girls golf team hosted a Big Nine pod match at Veterans Memorial Golf Course Monday, and competed against more than their league foes.
"We had wind gusts up to 30 mph, rain - it was nasty," Blue Devil coach Mike Patterson said.
Wa-Hi freshman Jessica Huntsman tied for fourth with a 90.
"She had a really good front side, a 42," Patterson said. "She had a couple blowup holes on the backside."
Richland's Kristin Strankman, the Big Nine's points leader, had a low-score of 80. She was followed by two teammates in the standings.
For Wa-Hi, Kendall Dunovant finished 19th at 97, Cassie Patterson tied for 23rd at 117, Larissa Mercado was 26th at 118, and Marisa Jimenez 27th at 119.
Richland won the team standings at 342, followed by Wenatchee 409, Chiawana 414, Moses Lake 428, Wa-Hi 432 and Eisenhower at 452. Davis fielded an incomplete team.
"The girls are definitely getting better," coach Patterson said. "Our youth showed. It's difficult to play in tough conditions like that, especially after playing well in practice and you have the mindset you're going to have scores like that (in practice). It's one of those maturity things I know we'll get better at.
"I was pleased at our girls effort," he said. "We're a really, really young team. We'll keep striving for our goals, which are to finish as high as we can in league and get five or six (Wa-Hi golfers) to qualify for districts."
The top 30 golfers in the Big Nine qualify for districts, with the top eight there advancing to the state tournament.
Richland leads the Big Nine team standings with 28 points, followed by Wenatchee at 24, Chiawana 19, Wa-Hi 16, Moses Lake 13, Davis 4 and Ike 2.
Wa-Hi heads to Sun Willows next Monday for a pod match hosted by Chiawana.