Wa-Hi 5th in CBBN pod match at Wine Valley

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Dwarfed by the rolling greens and hills beyond, WaHi junior Nick Atwood hits on the ninth green during the Big Nine Pod tournament at Wine Valley Monday. Monday, April 9, 2012

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WaHi junior Dean Atkinson hits from the sand on the tenth hole during the Big Nine pod tournament at Wine Valley Monday afternoon. Monday, April 9, 2012

WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's boys hosted a Big Nine pod match at Wine Valley Golf Course for the first time Monday, with accolades heard all around after the round.

"It's a great, great golf course," Blue Devils coach Jim Smith said. "They were very hospitable. We heard nothing but positive comments about Wine Valley."

In typical form, Richland won the match with all six of the Bombers placing in the top nine.

"They're really good," Smith said of Richland.

Richland shot a 293, and Eisenhower came out of nowhere to tie Moses Lake in second at 320. Wenatchee was next at 325, Wa-Hi was fifth at 330, Davis sixth at 358 and Chiawana rounded out the team scores at 396.

Individually, Richland's Jeffrey Marcum medaled with a 72, followed by Bomber teammates Hunter Thompson and Cole Lorenzo at 73.

Wa-Hi's Dean Atkinson finished next with a 74.

"That was a career-best for Dean," Smith said. "He just played real, real solid all day long. He hit a lot of greens. Hitting greens doesn't mean you're going to make par, but he putted real well. I was real pleased to see that score from him, especially coming off spring break when he was out of town most of the time."

Nick Atwood and Konor Clark both shot 85s for Wa-Hi, with Gunnar Leighty next at 86.

Dakota Reiswig shot 89 for the Blue Devils, and Cameron Mountain a 90.

"Konor had his best round in competition," Smith said. "It was good to see from him.

"Nick is laboring right now in the 84-85 range," he said. "Hopefully when the weather warms up he'll get into the 70s, where he should be."

As a team, "we're nowhere near we need to be," Smith said of the Blue Devils. "We feel we can battle with Wenatchee and Moses Lake, and now Ike is in the picture. Right now we're trying to position our kids for district, and then battle for nine spots to state."

Wa-Hi travels to the Pendleton Invite at the Pendleton Country Club on Thursday.

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