The Cheney High boys and girls golf teams began Great Northern League competition last week. The boys took second place with 468 points in the GNL tournament, March 22, at Clarkston. The girls finished third with 57 points, one stroke behind East Valley at the March 24 league tournament.
Team scores in the girls’ tournament were calculated via the modified Stableford Scoring system where the highest total of points wins instead of the lowest. The girls’ tournament was only nine holes due to weather conditions. According to girls’ head coach Gerald Morton, the GNL thought nine holes was enough to take scores and not have to reschedule the tournament.
On the boys’ side, Tyler Koohns took home top individual honors, shooting a 78. Other top finishers for Cheney include Elijah Palmer hitting an 86.
The boys team also competed in the Wenatchee Invite at the Three Lakes Golf Course, March 25. Koohns finished eighth overall after he shot an 84. Other top finishers for Cheney included Ian Hill with 108, Logan Klauss with 109 and Carter Rowe with 121.
“Ian Hill shot a personal best,” boys’ head coach Jeff Pike said. “The weather is getting better and we’re getting more time in at practice.”
As a team Cheney finished seventh out of eight teams in 1A/2A schools with a team score of 422.
On the girls’ side, Cheyanne Marchand finished third overall with a 25. Head coach Gerald Morton said Marchand was not happy with her overall scoring, but he felt she was “shooting lights out” during the tournament.
“I literally watched her chip 18 inches from the hole, keeping it low and purposely running it to the hole to keep the wind out of play,” Morton said. “The ball came to a stop for an easy putt, as a gust of wind grabbed it and pushed it all the way off the green.”
Morton added that when Marchand “loses confidence” in a shot, she will work on it “over and over” during practice.
Other top finishers for the Cheney girls include Kelsey Smith and Hannah Lemelin both shooting an 11, Katarina Ljbisic hitting a 7 and Evie Rowe with 3.
“I could not have been more pleased with the way the girls played,” Morton said. “The freshmen stepped up to score enough points for us. We were edged out by one point by EV but I feel confident that when we are at full strength and with the work effort of some of my freshmen we will take over the No. 2 spot.”
Before the GNL match, Marchand took second in the Shriver Cup, March 24, shooting an 80, one point behind tournament champion Mt. Spokane’s Cailin Spencer (79).
Both teams will have spring break off. The boys will compete in the Deer Park Invite, April 11. The girls will compete in the Palouse Ridge Invite, April 12.
“We don’t have any league tournaments for a while so we’ll be getting more practice in.”