Wa-Hi girls see 5-stroke improvement at Horn Rapids

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RICHLAND — Walla Walla High School’s girls golfers came off spring break by taking five strokes off their first Pod match card to finish fifth at the Mid-Columbia Conference POD 2 at Horn Rapids here Tuesday.

“It was the first match coming out of spring break, and we improved our team score by five strokes from the first pod, so we’re making some improvements,” Blue Devil coach Mike Patterson said.

Wa-Hi junior Jessica Huntsman led her team with an 83 on the par-72 course, tying for seventh.

Kendall Dunovant carded 91, Marisa Jimenez 100 and Shanna Postlewait 111 for the Blue Devils’ team score.

Pasco freshman Jalayne Martinez turned in a 75 to medal.

“The girls were having some trouble acclimating to the greens,” Patterson said. “They (Horn Rapids) had a pro-am there Monday, and the greens were pretty spiked up. You could tell they were used heavily the day before. So it was a great learning lesson for them, that they have to take all those factors in.

“I was very pleased,” he said. “We’re trying to get down to a 370 team score. We’re doing pretty well getting off the tee, we need to dial in on hitting greens in regulation and getting off in one or possibly two putts.”

Hanford won with a team-score of 317, followed by Kennewick 366, Richland 375, Kamiakin 380, Wa-Hi 385, Southridge 388, Pasco 399 and Chiawana 404.

Wa-Hi heads to the third POD match at Sun Willows in Pasco with a 1 p.m. shotgun start Monday.

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