YAKIMA - The best team score in more than a decade for the Wa-Hi girls golf team wasn't enough to net the Blue Devils first at the Yakima Elks Golf Course at a Big Nine conference pod match Tuesday.
The Blue Devils' 389 fell behind Richland's first-place 326 and Wenatchee, which finished second with a 378.
"I'm going to have to check the history books to see the last time we shot that low," Wa-Hi coach Mike Patterson said. "I told the girls that if we ever shot under 400 I would buy dinner, so guess who bought dinner last night.
"Under 400 is extremely low for girls golf," he said. Unfortunately, it was only good enough for third place. It's been at least a decade, over a decade (since Wa-Hi scored under 400)."
Richland's Kristin Strankman, a senior, medaled with a 5-under 69 on the par-74 course.
Wa-Hi's Jessica Huntsman shot a personal-best 76 to take second overall.
"The exciting thing about this is that we're so young," Patterson said. "Jessica is only a sophomore and she's come in second place in the last two pods."
Kendall Dunovant carded a 100 to take second-best for the Blue Devils.
Cassie Patterson scored 103, a personal best, and Shanna Postlewait 110, also a personal best, to round out the Blue Devil counters.
Addie Chapman and Marisa Jimenez rounded out the Wa-Hi golfers.
Patterson attributed the pod-wide low scoring to calm conditions and freshly aerated greens, which played slower than normal.
The Blue Devils stand at third in the CBBN currently with 10 points, four points behind league-leading Richland and two back from Wenatchee.
Wa-Hi plays in the Richland Invite Thursday at 11 a.m.