Wa-Hi boys win pod golf match, wrap up fourth place in Big Nine

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WENATCHEE - Wa-Hi's 1-2 scoring punch of Drew Reinland and Jake Hanson powered the Blue Devils to their first Big Nine Conference pod-match victory of the boys spring golf season here Tuesday at Three Lakes Golf Course.

The Blue Devils victory wrapped up pod play and gave Wa-Hi a fourth-place finish in the final Big Nine regular-season standings.

"To win the last pod match of the year was huge for us, especially coming on the Three Lakes course where the district tournament will be played," Wa-Hi coach Jim Smith said. "I think it gives the kids a lot of confidence and makes people think a little, that we're ready."

Reinland, the defending district champion and the Big Nine's season-long medalist leader, shot a 1-over-par 70 on the par-69 layout to finish first in Tuesday's individual competition.

And Hanson was right behind him, alone in second place with a 2-over 71.

"Those two kids have just been solid all year long," Smith said. "And they're playing their best golf at the end of the year, which is what you've got to have."

Their scores led Wa-Hi to a 297 team tally for its best four individual scores and a three-shot victory over Southridge, which claimed second place with a score of 300.

Nick Atkin led the Suns with a 4-over 73 and was in a five-way logjam for fifth place in the individual standings.

Kamiakin and Richland were deadlocked for third place with 302 team scores. Hanford finished alone in fifth place, just seven strokes back with a 304 count.

Host Wenatchee came next with a 323 score, followed by West Valley 325, Pasco 329, Moses Lake 342, Kennewick 343, Eastmont 344, Sunnyside 367, Davis 375, Chiawana 382 and Eisenhower 410.

Cole Snider of Hanford and Riley Hayfield of Kamiakin tied for third place individually with matching 72s.

Wa-Hi's Dean Atkinson shot a 75 and was tied with Russ Deal of Kamiakin for 18th in the field of 88. Travis Morgan was the Blue Devils' fourth counting score with an 81 that was good for a share of 32nd place along with five others.

Nick Atwood carded an 83 and Wade Hicks 95 as Wa-Hi's two non-counting scores.

The Blue Devils return to action Monday when they take part in the Southridge Invitational at Canyon Lakes in Kennewick. Play commences at 7:30 a.m.

"It's a big tournament on the course where the state tournament will be played," Smith said of Monday's event. "It's a chance for the kids to see and play the course, and it should be a good tournament."

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