The Cheney boys golf team is back in full swing after they finished third in the first Great Northern League tournament of the year at Clarkston with a score of 521, March 16.
This year’s team, comprised of 24 athletes, has a couple of new faces, one being freshman Tyler Koohns, who finished fifth in the tournament and shot a 90. Elijah Palmer, a sophomore who transferred to Cheney from Hawaii, finished sixth and shot a 91. Other top finishers for Cheney include: Peter Condon, 94; Tanner Cunningham, 111; Matt Jones 113 and Taylor McNall, 116.
The team previously competed in the Clarkston Invite March 9, where they finished sixth out of 14 teams. No individual scores were available at presstime.
Head coach Bob Hilzendeger said the team’s second time on the course was a little rougher than the first.
“Clarkston’s course is the toughest in the league,” Hilzendeger said. “It was tough for them to play there twice, but I see the team getting better, we’ve been lucky with the weather.”
Hilzendeger said the team is “working on a new personality” with players Koohns and Palmer setting the pace for the season. He added that many athletes not only played during the offseason, but also put some extra time on the links during the regular season.
“Even though practice ends at 5 p.m., they’re out there until after dark,” Hilzendeger said. “With practice efforts like that, we’re going to see some results later this season. That kind of dedication takes it to the next level.”
Several players are currently working on their short game and being consistent off the tee box, he added.
The Blackhawks will travel to Pullman April 16 to compete in the boys Pullman Invite at the Palouse Ridge golf course.
“It’s one of the more fun courses to play on,” Hilzendeger said. “The guys will get a chance to look and play on it during the invitational, then return for the second GNL tournament.”