High winds strafe River Valley Invite, but golf goes on

Playing whiffle ball on a windy day creates lots of giggles.  But trying to play golf in high winds is just plain frustrating.

The winds came whipping though the Colorado River Valley and over the Los Lagos Golf Club course as high school golfers tried to navigate the 36 holes of the River Valley Invitational in Mohave Valley earlier this week.

Fred Blohm from Antelope HS and Jessica Hinkle from River Valley HS did the best jobs of adjusting to what nature was throwing at them, wining the boys’ and girls’ individual titles at the event.  Blohm took the lead on the first day with a 79 and carded a 78 on the final 18 to finish in 157, just two strokes ahead of Dillon Washington from Blue Ridge HS.  Jared Lohman, a sophomore from River Valley, which hosted the event, finished in third with a 166.

Hinkle, a junior at River Valley, also took control early on, posting a 72 on the first day to lead the girls’ field, and then had a disappointing round the second day, starting out with a dip in the water hazard on the first hole and having difficulty getting on track after that.  However, her 101 score was still enough to give her the win.

Maybe her opening round had something to do with getting off to a poor start on day two.  She was only awarded a score for 16 holes on the first day, due to time constraints – even though she went on to finish the final two holes on her own.

Blue Ridge ran away with the team title, posting a 666 score that was well ahead of the other six teams entered in the event.  The Yellowjackets opened play by shooting a 346 on Monday, nine strokes in front of second-place Chino Valley, and then just widened the margin on the closing round.

The next closest score was a 724 carded by Antelope HS.  Chino Valley finished third with a 730 and host River Valley had to settle for fourth place with a 737.