In their third GNL tournament, the boys’ and girls’ Cheney golf teams took third and fifth place, respectively, keeping pace with some of the league’s top teams.
The boys’ team just missed out on second place, scoring 452 behind Pullman’s 451. Tyler Maurer had the team’s best score for the day, shooting an 83 that was good enough for 10th place overall. Peter Condon and Nick Hilzendeger were second and third with scores of 89 and 90, respectively.
Bob Hilzendeger, in his first year as head coach for the boys’ team, said this season has been a lot of fun, noting that the weather has cooperated with them for the most part.
“A lot of their games are starting to come around,” he said.
Five of the team’s members have a good chance at making state, Hilzendeger said, including Maurer, Nick Hilzendeger, Condon, Kris Brewer and Kody Brewer.
Kris Brewer has had a particularly strong season thus far, hitting a score in the 80s a couple of times
“He has the potential to be a good golfer,” Hilzendeger said.
The Cheney girls’ team finished in fifth place at the GNL No. 3 match. Steffi Cunningham took the lead position for the team, hitting 99 for the day. Cunningham was tied with Colville’s Lindsay Green for ninth place overall.
In second and third place were Shyann Morton and Cheyenne Marchand hitting 105 and 112, respectively, for Cheney.
Girls’ head coach Gary Morton is impressed with Cunningham’s play as of late, and thinks she may be coming into her own.
“She’s starting to peak at just the right time,” he said.
Among the standout players this year includes freshman Marchand, who has seen consistent growth throughout the year
“She’s here every day,” Morton said, referencing the amount of time she practices at the Fairways Golf Course. “She just loves the game.”
Like any high school sport, the girls’ team is seeing a turnover of sorts at the moment, with more younger players than veterans. But, that mix has provided plenty of learning opportunities along the way.
Commitment to keeping a regular practice schedule has kept many players performing well throughout the season.
“These guys, they’re out here on their own time,” Hilzendeger said regarding both teams’ practices at the Fairways.
A golf match can last up to five hours, he said, with intense bursts of focus for 15 seconds at a time. Practices have attempted to build the level of quality not only in their swing skillset, but also in the players’ focus as well throughout the game.
“We want to be playing our best golf in May,” Morton said.
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