|Back on the course|
A comparatively mild winter and reasonable playing conditions at nearby Lewiston give Idaho coach John Means the belief his team will be a contender when it opens the spring season Monday and Tuesday at the Washington State University-hosted Snowman Invitational at Chandler, Ariz.
"The weather has been unbelievably good for us in Lewiston," said Means, who utilized the valley courses to prep the Vandals during the winter months. "Their swings look really good."
One of the focuses, Means said, was working on their swings. The result, excellent ball-striking by the Vandals who last played in late October.
No matter, though, when Idaho takes the course it will have the nation's No. 2 golfer - junior Jarred Bossio teeing it up. Bossio's average per round of 69.44, which has an adjusted average of 70.04, is just off Florida's Bank Vonvanij No. 1 adjusted average of 69.87. Bossio, from Olympia, Wash., is the national leader in subpar strokes per round (5.22), is fifth in par-4 scoring (3.93) and tied for eighth in par-5 scoring (4.50). As a team, the Vandals are fifth in subpar strokes per round.
The challenges the first time out after the winter layoff will be consistency in their short games and taking on a competitive mindset. Means is confident both aspects of their games are in place.
"I'm looking for them to be in contention," he said. "They're eager to play."