Blue Devils third at MCC golf match

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PASCO — Nick Atwood’s 72 led the Walla Walla High School boys golfers to a third-place finish at the third Mid-Columbia Conference POD match of the season at a stormy Sun Willows Golf Course here Monday.

Atwood had Blue Devil teammate Dean Atkinson right on his heels, as Atkinson was among three golfers carding 73.

“Nick came around and shot his best round of the year,” Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith said. “Dean shot another solid round. That was really positive for those two.

“And we beat Southridge, so life was good — other than the weather!”

Hail made putting impossible, so an hour delay ensued while coaches confered, Smith said. After the hail disappeared, the match continued.

Also scoring for Wa-Hi were Nate Towner at 86 and Konor Clark at 87.

Hanford’s Eric Dahl turned in a low score of 4-under-par 68.

Dahl’s Falcons won the team competition with 392, followed by Richland’s 299, Wa-Hi’s 318, Southridge’s 319, Kamiakin’s 333, Kennewick’s 351 and Chiawana’s 378.

Pasco didn’t field a complete team.

“I was really pleased, that’s our best team score of the year,” Smith said.

Non-counting scores for Wa-Hi included Troy Aguilar and Tyler Morrison, who tied with identical 96s.

In the MCC team standings, Hanford leads the way with 23 points, followed by Richland at 22, Southridge and Wa-Hi at 16.5, Kamiakin at 12, Kennewick at 9, Chiawana at 6 and Pasco with no points.

In the individual points standings, Hanford’s Tanner Martin is half a point ahead of teammate Dahl with 155.5 points.

Wa-Hi’s Atkinson sits in seventh place with 129.5 points, and Atwood is 10th with 116.5.

The Blue Devils are at the Pendleton Invite at Pendleton Country Club at noon Thursday, and then head to the fourth of five MCC POD matches at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick on April 24.

“We still have a lot of work to do with some of the kids,” Smith said. “We just have to keep working. The kids are working hard. Every once in a while we see a good thing here, a good there. We just need to put it together for 18 holes.”

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