PENDLETON – Grant Union golfers had a good day at Pendleton Country Club on Monday, the first day of the 2A District Golf Tournament.
Head coach Ron Lundbom said if the players continued to perform well Tuesday, past press time, the team had a good chance of reaching the State Tournament.
Grant Union scores for Monday included: Nathan Gehley 90, Matt Broemeling 98, Reuben Harvey 95, Lane Woodcock 100 (personal record), Chance Barrietua 110 (personal record), and Chenise Clark 113.
As a team, the Pros shot 383 – their lowest score of the season – for third place on the first day.
Lundbom said they were in good position to qualify for state.
Last Friday, the challenging Alpine Meadows Golf Course at the Enterprise Invitational was made even more difficult by cold, blustery weather – “not an ideal day for golf,” Lundbom said.
The Prospectors faced five teams, 45 boys and girls in all.
Heppner took first at 384 with Enterprise just 2 points away. Grant Union came in last with 504.
For the day Grant Union’s scores included: Gehley 98, Broemeling had 111, Barrietua 140 and Reuben Nelson 155.
The low medalist for the boys was Logan Grieb of Heppner with an 81.
Heppner’s girls also got the win with 429.
Grant Union’s Chenise Clark was the sixth lowest medalist for the girls with a score of 111. The overall low medalist for girls was Blake Greenup of Heppner with an 88.
Lundbom said weather conditions, including 20 mph winds and “lots of moisture with temps in the 40s” contributed to some penalties for his team.
“Most had a few big numbers on holes with penalties, and that happens in those conditions,” he said.
“Alpine Meadows is a good place to get ready for district,” he said. “You never know what to expect when you get there.”