Van Boven low Sunnyside scorer


YAKIMA – The Sunnyside boys golf team yesterday at Apple Tree Golf Resort shaved 22 strokes off its team score from the squad’s previous league outing.

In the second Big Nine League match of the season, the Grizzlies totaled a 532 Monday afternoon.

“Our kids are getting better and they all know that putting in quality time on the course during practice is the way to get better,” said Sunnyside Coach Saul Martinez.

Seven teams participated in yesterday’s golf match on the par-72 course.

For the Grizzlies, the low scorer was Ryan Van Boven, who toured the 18 holes with a 107 (56-51).

“He had some monster drives and played much more controlled on the back nine with solid putting and hitting fairways,” Martinez said of Van Boven’s round.

The coach noted Van Boven took 15 strokes off his previous score in the league opener on March 23.

Carding a 134 for Sunnyside was Francisco Ruiz. He toured the front nine with a 62 and scored a 72 on the back side.

“Frankie bested his previous score in Wenatchee by 21 strokes,” Martinez noted, stating there were still a few holes at Apple Tree on which Ruiz struggled.

The coach said Ruiz topped some shots and narrowly missed a couple of putts.

Fabian Rangel and Matt Denchel rounded out the top four competitors for the Grizzlies, carding a 145 and 146, respectively.

Denchel, said Martinez, “…had a tough day and struggled in almost every part of his game…but, he finished, knowing what he had to do to get better for the next match.”

Nerves and inexperience proved to make John Kranz’s first outing of the season more difficult than the Grizzly would have liked. He toured the course for a 164.

Sunnyside will today (Tuesday) take to the links at Black Rock Creek Golf Course in a non-league match against Grandview.


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