KENNEWICK — The Walla Walla High School boys golf team finished fifth at a Mid-Columbia Conference pod at Canyon Lakes Golf Course on Wednesday.
The Blue Devils, with a team score of 347, trailed fourth-place Kamiakin by just one stroke. Richland took the boys title with a team score of 299. Hanford, with a score of 327, finished second and Southridge took third with a score of 334.
Parker Dressler led the Blue Devils with a 6-over-78. Teammate Nate Towner carded an 88, Troy Aguilar finished with an 89 and Tyler Morrison rounded out the Wa-Hi scorecard with a 92.
Richland’s Drew McCullough and Quinton Parnell split medalist honors, as both fired a 1-over-73.
The Wa-Hi girls team finished fifth with a team score of 387. Kamiakin finished first with a 347, Pasco took second with a 371 and Hanford and Southridge tied for third with a score of 373.
“We know that we’re not shooting to our potential,” Wa-Hi girls coach Mike Patterson said. “One of our goals was to go out and claim a league title. We’re having a real difficult time getting below that 380 mark. We think we’re totally capable of shooting around 350.”
Jessica Huntsman fired an 84 to lead the Blue Devils. Her score placed her eighth individually. Behind Huntsman, Marisa Jimenez carded a 96, Kendall Dunovant fired a 101 and Brooke Cramer finished with a 106.
“I was extremely proud because she got to a real shaky start,” Patterson said of Huntsman. “She was frustrated and trying to adapt to those enormous greens. (Her score) shows her willingness to fight, battle and grind.”
Wa-Hi’s Janie Gannon also finished her first 18-hole round, as she fired a 118. Patterson said her score was a personal record.
The Blue Devils tee off at the fifth MCC pod at Sun Willows on Monday.