Wind another foe for Wa-Hi girl's golf team

Blue Devil freshman Jessica Huntsman finishes fourth in the Big Nine girl's golf pod match.

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Heavy rain falls during the girls golf tournament Monday morning at Veteran's Memorial Golf Course.

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Wa-Hi freshman Jessica Huntsman tees off on the fourth hole at Veterans Memorial Golf Course Monday morning, during a windy and rainy Big Nine girl's golf pod match.

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Blue Devil freshman Cassie Patterson is shielded from the worst of the weather onslaught while she approaches her tee shot on the fourth green.

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Larissa Mercado (above) hits from the fairway during the girl's golf tournament Friday.

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Walla Walla High School golf coach Mike Patterson stands with Blue Devil golfers Addie Chapman (left) and Marisa Jimenez (second from left) while talking to a golfer from another school before teeing off Monday morning in driving rain and wind.

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Wa-Hi freshman golfer Cassie Patterson makes a face while watching her putt roll during a rainy and windy girl's golf tournament Monday morning at Veterans Memorial Golf Course.

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Wa-Hi golfer Larissa Mercado looks toward the pin as she contemplates her putt while drying off her golf ball during a rainy morning of golf at Veteran's Memorial Golf Course.

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Wind blown hair wraps around Wa-Hi freshman Marisa Jimenez's face as she watches her tee shot from the first pin Monday morning.

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A little body english comes across the face of Wa-Hi golfer Jessica Huntsman as she watches her putt end up slightly off the hole Monday morning.

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.

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