Grube shoots 75, takes Sunflower title
During his golfing career, Basehor-Linwood junior John Grube has shot 70 a handful of times. So when Grube carded a 75 at last week's Sunflower Hills Invitational, he didn't think much of it.
"I just tried to shoot a good score and turn it in and see what happened," Grube said. "When I turned in my 75, there were still a few groups out there so I thought somebody would come in with a 74."
Instead, Grube's 75 tied for the top score of the day and the scorecard playoff earned him the first tournament title of his BLHS golfing career. The other player who shot 75 left after his round and instead of playing another hole to decide the winner, tournament officials went to the scorecard and used a random playoff system, which Grube won.
"A win's a win," said Grube, who bogeyed the final hole of the day. "I could've at least made par to win the thing outright, but a win's a win."
BLHS golf coach Tim Nedeau said Grube's win was outstanding and it showed what kind of golfer Grube can be.
"I was very happy and very pleased for John," Nedeau said. "He takes his game very seriously and he has great focus out there. I think there are some things that don't bother him quite like they bother other players."
That mental focus has been one part of his game that Grube has red flagged for the past couple of years. It used to be that one bad hole would turn into two or three bad holes and that even ruined the round, at times. Now, Grube said he tries to put the bad holes behind him and move on to the next without worrying about it.
"I always knew I could shoot low scores, I just had to get past the mental part of the game," Grube said. "I played in a lot of tournaments this summer and that helped me because now tournaments are nothing new."
The only thing new about Grube's play in tournaments this season has been consistency. The junior has played well in every aspect of the game this season. His driving, irons and putting have allowed him to shoot low scores and his mental focus has allowed those scores to be contenders.
As a team, BLHS finished third at the Sunflower Invitational. The Bobcats will be off for a few days and they will pick up play again on April 22 at the Louisburg Tournament.