Yes, no real season ramifications came from the April 15 golf tournament at The Home Course — other than a little trophy and bragging rights heading into the second half of the Class 1A Nisqually League season.
But the event provided an important measuring stick when it came to postseason readiness for the teams involved.
For Cascade Christian High coach Garren Clark, the purpose of the 18-hole tournament was simple, yet informative enough to help the boys golfers going forward. Cascade Christian finished with the team trophy, combining for 369 strokes.
“Today is nothing but a bragging rights tournament,” Clark said. “We just want to see where these boys are, so they understand what they need to do going forward. It’s their first 18-hole tournament and will be a good test to their endurance.”
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Not just an endurance test, but a test of will as many of the state’s top 1A golfers reside in the Nisqually League.
Seeing your league foes in a dual is one thing, but having the added pressure of beating them in a tournament is different all together.
“I always want to go against the best talent out there,” Cascade Christian’s Dyllan Gritter said.
Gritter, a sophomore, is Cascade Christian’s No. 1 golfer and April 15 he was paired with arguably the state’s top Class 1A golfers: Seattle Christian’s Luke Doss and Vashon’s Collin Sahnow.
Doss was in a zone the entire tournament as nothing seemed to phase this stellar golfer. With the ambition to hit the PGA Tour someday, Doss has been all business this year.
“Luke’s one of those players that is completely focused on what’s ahead,” Clark said. “Luke’s not focused on today — he’s working toward and thinking ahead to his next tournament. He uses events like these to get him ready.”
Hole after hole, Doss created enough separation from pack that he ended up winning by a whopping 12 strokes for an even par-72 for the tournament. Sahnow finished in second place after shooting an 84.
“I always like playing against Luke because he makes you want to play up to his level,” Gritter said. “I struggled with my short game and putting … it wasn’t my best day.”
Some days you just don’t have the feel of your swing on the course, and that was the case for Gritter. The Cascade Christian sophomore finished with a 91.
As the first group was all about business, group No. 2 was just the opposite as the four boys were like kids on a play field.
Cascade Christian No. 2 golfer Andrew Tigges is just like that when it comes to golf. Instead of trying to be his best on the course, the junior threw that notion aside and made the day about having fun.
“You have to have fun when you’re on the course,” Tigges said. “I’ve played with Alex (Zhu) before, so it’s always nice getting back out there with him.”
Tigges was paired with Zhu (Charles Wright), Will Preston (Bellevue Christian) and Ron Krieger (Vashon). Even though Tigges only played with Zhu before, the foursome often seemed like old friends coming together for a day on the course.
“I never played with Will before,” Tigges said. “I’m the type of person that wants to get along with people, and we were able to joke pretty early on … it’s better when you treat the game like that.”
“This group always has fun together,” Clark said. “It’s completely different from the first group where everyone is focused on beating each other. These guys want to beat each other, but also encourage them to get better because they know they’ll be better golfers because of it.”
Tigges tied with Krieger for third place after shooting an 88 for the day. Zhu shot a 95 and Williams a 96.