With the remainder of his teammates drying off in the clubhouse, Griffin Hood produced the round that enabled Aberdeen to maintain its long boys golf supremacy over Hoquiam.
Hood’s 48 in the final foursome of the day proved the difference as the Bobcats edged the Grizzlies, 181-186, in a non-league match Tuesday at rain-soaked Highland Golf Course.
Hoquiam coach Larry Dublanko said he couldn’t recall the last time his team topped Aberdeen in boys golf.
With HHS freshman sensation John Sand carding a 37 and Bobcat ace Eric Hagen absent due to illness, the Grizzlies (3-2) appeared poised to end the tradition when they owned a three-stroke lead with only one group still on the course.
Hood’s 48, however, bettered his team’s previous fourth-best score by eight strokes to give the Bobcats (1-1) the victory. The top-four scores are counted in each team’s total.
Senior Kegan Bridges, playing in the No. 3 slot, also had a big piece of this victory. Playing on his home course, Bridges shot six pars to card a team-low 40.
“In these conditions, a great round,” Bobcat coach Harley Revel said.
What had been a light rain as the first foursome teed off quickly escalated into a downpour that persisted until the first foursome reached the eighth hole.
In addition to the obvious difficulty in gripping the club, the players dealt with soggy fairways. Determining the speed of the greens was also a constant challenge.
All things considered, Sand’s two-over-par round was impressive.
Coming off a five-under-par 30 he fired on the same course last week, the 14-year-old junior standout had seven pars and two bogeys Tuesday.
Ironically, the long-hitting Sand’s bogeys both came on par 5s. He hooked his drive into trees and bushes to the left of the fairway and settled for a 6 on the long fifth hole, then drove into a hazard to the right of the eighth fairway.
Otherwise, Sand’s ball-striking was solid. He nearly finished with a flourish by planting a pitching wedge about six feet from the pin on the par-3 ninth, but pulled the birdie putt.
“I had a hard time hanging on (to the club),” Sand told Dublanko afterward.
Zach Emerson added a 48 for the Grizzlies. Teammate Kolby Crowell had one of the day’s most spectacular shots when he pitched in from about 50 yards for a birdie 4 on the eighth.
Revel said his team’s scores were not exceptional, except when the conditions were factored into the equation.
“None of them are used to play in these type of conditions,” the Aberdeen coach said. “They battled and picked it up.”
“Everybody plays in the same conditions,” Dublanko noted. “You have to develop the mental toughness to stay in the 40s. Depth is a problem for us, so we need 40s out of the middle bracket.”
The Bobcats return to Evergreen 2A Conference play Friday at home against Capital. The Grizzlies are idle until Tuesday, when they travel to the Vancouver area to face King’s Way Christian.
Aberdeen (181) — Justin Cox 47, Jordan Weiberg 46, Kegan Bridges 40, Grant Larson 56, Hunter Raines 58, Griffin Hood 48.
Hoquiam (186) — John Sand 37, Josh Bishop 50, Zach Emerson 48, Kolby Crowell 51, Austin Edwards 67, Parker McCormick 59.
JV — Aberdeen 219, Hoquiam 268. Sean Dunn 47 for Aberdeen.