THE DALLES — Golf coaches have a difficult time reading their players’ swings early in the season since most shots are either wind-aided, wind-impeded or hooked into the parking lot.
But after watching the HRV boys team at last weekend’s The Dalles Invitational, coach Bob Sullivan may no longer need his glasses.
All five varsity golfers were also seeing 20/20 Friday as the Eagles blew past the 10-team field to win the tournament by six strokes.
“I was ecstatic to see the results,” Sullivan said. “Because of the severe weather we’ve been practicing in, I had no idea what we would shoot.
Sullivan said he was most impressed by his team’s competitive drive and technique in the first outing of the spring.
“I was hoping for a top-four finish and a score of 325 or better,” he said. “To shoot a 309 this early in the year is really exciting.”
Sophomore Jimmy Woodruff led the onslaught with a 74, good for third-place overall, while senior Andy Murphy calmly laid down a 77 for fifth overall.
Junior Jake Morgan signed solid scorecards of 77 and 79 in his two rounds, but had no time to catch his breath with freshman Herbie Annala busy punching out a 79 in his first-ever high-school match.
“Herbie made the day with a score in the 70s in his first match,” Sullivan said.
Rounding out the varsity field for HRV was senior Manny Morales, whose score of 83 showed that he will be right with the rest of the pack this season.
“What makes this team such a pleasure to coach is their competitive attitude,” Sullivan said.
“Although we finished first, none of the players were happy with the scores they shot. This group is willing to put in the hard work and effort to better themselves.”
HRV will begin the Mt. Hood Conference season April 3 in Portland.