Atwood leads Blue Devil boys

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MOSES LAKE - Wa-Hi's Nick Atwood was the Blue Devils' top finisher at the fifth Columbia Basin Big Nine pod golf match at Moses Lake Country Club here Monday.

Atwood carded an 81, good for eighth place, on the par-72 course.

Wa-Hi's Jeremiah Mason shot an 87, Dean Atkinson an 88, Travis Morrison 94, Houston Rice 97 and Gunnar Leighty 99.

Blue Devil coach Jim Smith said it's time for his golfers to step up their play.

"That's the poorest we've played all year long," Smith said. "That (Moses Lake Country Club) is one of two sites for the district tournament, so it's pretty discouraging, really.

"We have a dual against Pendleon Thursday, and are at Inland Empire (in Spokane) Monday, and district is the next Monday, so we've got some work to do," he said.

Moses Lake's Randy McNair used home-course advantage to win the match with a 2-under-par 70 for a six-stroke advantage over Richland's Drew McCullough and Hunter Thompson, who both shot 76.

Richland won the team score at 312, followed by Moses Lake 319, Wenatchee 345, Wa-Hi 350, Chiawana 363, Davis 376 and Eisenhower 403.

Eight players at district qualify for state. Smith said Wa-Hi will take six golfers to district, with the return of Jake Hanson from a back injury a possibility. He said Richland may take five players to state, Moses Lake should take two and the other golfers battling for the last spot.

"We've got to play better," Smith said.

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