Grube crowned champion at Bonner Invite
For the second year in a row, Basehor-Linwood senior John Grube has won a tournament at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.
Grube won Basehor-Linwood's first tournament of the year, the Bonner Invitational, by carding a 39 at the six-team, nine-hole event.
For Grube, playing well at Sunflower Hills was not a shock. After all, he plays that course almost as often as any course in the area.
But coming out of the gates to the tune of a tournament championship was just what Grube was looking to do.
"I go into every tournament wanting to win," the senior said. "I wouldn't say I was on, but I played OK. A win is a win and that's what I wanted to do, so I'm definitely happy to start the season with a tournament win."
Grube said he finished the day stronger than he started it and he was pleased with the way he got out of trouble late in the round.
Two days later, Grube was back at Sunflower Hills for the fourth annual Sunflower Invitational.
As a junior, Grube won the event by shooting a 75. However, this year, the wind and cold weather got the best of him.
He shot an 84 and finished eighth, good enough to earn a medal, but he was not thrilled with the way he defended his title.
"I had won that tournament the year before and I wanted to do the same this year," Grube said. "But I caught a couple of bad breaks and never really got on track."
Tyler Porter joined Grube in breaking 90 at the Sunflower Invitational.
Porter carded a 44 on the front nine and a 45 on the back nine to slide under the 90-stroke mark.
Bobby Carrico shot an even 90, Ian McLain shot a 95 and Cody Herbster shot a 109 to round out the Bobcats' five-man card.
The Bobcats finished in the middle of the pack with a 358 team score, good for seventh place.
Piper won the tournament with a 335.
Three of the same group backed Grube at the Bonner Invitational and the Bobcats finished fourth at the six-team tournament.
McLain and Porter tied for second on the team with identical 46's. Herbster shot a 48, Carrico a 50 and Joel Vandervelde shot a 52.
Although Grube has been the only Bobcat to win a medal so far this season, he doesn't think that will be the case for too much longer.
"We're a little more experienced this year than we were last year," he said. "And I think we'll get stronger as the year goes on."
The Bobcats' next meet will be Monday, April 13, at the Lansing Invitational.
For complete scores from the first two meets, see Page 2B.