Grube wins KVL championship
John Grube finally played a round he could be proud of.
After a season of ups and downs on the golf course, the Basehor-Linwood senior shot his way to a 74 and the Kaw Valley League individual championship Monday, May 12.
Grube's 74 was his best tournament score of the season and it came at exactly the right time.
Grube had been down on himself the past couple of weeks but his two-over par at Lawrence's Eagle Bend Golf Course provided Grube with a shot in the arm as he prepares for the upcoming regional and state tournaments.
"Winning felt great," Grube said. "It was definitely nice to win. I still felt like I could've played better, but just putting up a good score gives me a lot of confidence heading into regionals. Hopefully this opened the floodgates for the next two tournaments."
Grube shot a one-under par 35 on the front nine and at that point the BLHS team made the turn in first place.
Grube was not as solid on the back nine, as he shot a three over to finish with the 74.
However, that was solid enough to win. He edged out Bonner Springs' Jeremy Krug by one stroke. Krug missed an eight-foot putt on No. 18 that would've sent the tournament into a playoff.
Grube said he was not aware of Krug's finish and that he usually tries to play his game while not worrying about any other golfers.
"I made some bad decisions on some of the holes on the back nine," he said. "But thankfully my score was good enough to win."
The BLHS team finished in fourth overall and Grube said he was pleased, although their goal was to place in the top three.
"I don't feel like we played as good as we could've so to get fourth is great," Grube said. "I don't know what the rest of the teams in our regional can do, but if we come to play we can do well as a team."
Joel VanderVelde was the next best BLHS finisher. He shot an 85. Eric Laffere followed with an 86 and Tyler Porter and Bobby Carrico both shot 89s. Ian McLain rounded out the field with a 101.
BLHS will now head to the 4A regional tournament at Osawatomie, a place Grube has never played.
But despite his unfamiliarity with the course, the senior is anxious about getting out there and looking to qualify for state for the third straight season.
"Going into regionals I'm feeling pretty good," Grube said. "I have some confidence now and I want to go out there and win the thing."
The regional will be played Monday, May 19 and will begin sometime in the morning.