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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Golfers start strong despite conditions


March 15, 2017

Andrew Christiansen File Photo

PREPARING TO PUTT: Goldendale's Andrew Gerchak lines up a putt.

ixth year Goldendale golf head coach Ted Wilkins wasn't expecting his group of golfers to crush the competition during last Friday's opening match in Othello. After all, the Timberwolves had yet to actually practice on the course here in Goldendale until Monday.

Wilkins however, was pleased with the round his five golfers shot on Friday even though he knows it wasn't particularly the best of rounds they'll shoot this season.

Andrew and Luke Gerchak paced the Wolves, shooting an 84 and 93 respectively on the par 71 course in Othello.

Andrew, a senior, and Luke, a sophomore, return to the Wolves with state experience after both reached the Class 1A state championships at the Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane last year. They were the only two Goldendale golfers to shoot under 100 on Friday.

Seniors Jess Beierle (102) and Jace Enwards (104) followed the Gerchak brothers while sophomore Logan Quantrill rounded out the group of five golfers with a 112.

Having not practiced outside until Monday certainly had an effect on the Wolves, who had been doing some putting work inside the clubhouse and hitting balls into nets to get their swings down.

This year's group of nine golfers, which includes Glenwood's Andrew McFall and Emily Hurst, Morgan Coin and Aurora McLaughlin, is relatively small compared to the previous years Wilkins has coaches.

The boys return to the course on Friday in The Dalles starting at 9 a.m. and the three girls get their first taste of action on March 23 in Hermiston.

Contact sports editor Jaryd Cline at Jaryd@goldendale


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