Eagle golfers done after first day

PASCO – Chalk this year’s boys Class 4A state golf tournament up to gaining experience needed to succeed for Arlington’s two freshmen.

Brandon Heise and Anthony Allen missed the cut, May 27, after the first day of the two-day tournament, but it’s just the beginning for the two frosh.

“They’re pretty disappointed with their start, but this is just a spring board for them,” said Arlington coach Jack Greaves.

Heise finished in a tie for 44th place, shooting an 80 while Allen tied for 53rd, shooting an 83.

Providing a bit of drama was Heise, who flirted with the cut, which was set at 79.

After shooting a 44 on the front nine, Heise charged back, posting an even-par 36 on the back nine.

“It was exciting because we knew it was going to be close coming in,” Greaves said. “Brandon just really showed how much he could fight back despite not playing his best earlier on in the day.”

Allen, who was a medalist in four Wesco North tournaments this season, on the other hand, saw frustration mount early on.

“Having high expectations for yourself and not coming out with your ‘A’ game is difficult on anybody, but it was a good experience and something he can build off of next year,” Greaves said.

Part of what Greaves said gave his players trouble were the enormous greens at Canyon Lakes Golf Course.

“The key was the greens,” he said. “They were big and fast, which is something we’re not used to much on this side of the mountains. They could put the pins anywhere on those large greens to create tough situations for players.”

In eight years of coaching, Greaves said this was the best year in both result and chemistry he’s been a part of at Arlington.

“The guys just got along and had a great time, and this is the best year we’ve had ­— and these two guys were the cornerstones of that,” he said. “We’re excited to have them back and for so long.”

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