Archive for Thursday, May 27, 2004

Bobcat golfers fire low 80s at Emporia, finish in the top half

May 27, 2004

Tyler Porter and Billy Hashman had been swinging a solid club in the last few weeks.

Both golfers finished strong at the Kaw Valley League tournament and at regionals, which earned them a spot at the 4A state tourney in Emporia earlier this week.

Porter and Hashman did not have the same kind of success they had enjoyed at the previous post-season tournaments as they both failed to place.

"I didn't play that well," Porter said. "In fact I played one of my worse rounds of the year."

Porter struggled all day with his chipping and putting finished with an 84. An 84 is not a bad score considering Porter had a tough time on the front nine and he even managed to hit the stick on the 18th hole missing an eagle by inches. Porter ended up with a birdie on the hole.

"He could have easily just given up and he didn't," Basehor coach Chad Harvey said. "He fought back and I think that shows a lot about his character."

Hashman had a little better luck at Emporia shooting an 82. The 82 missed a medal by just one stroke.

"Billy really blew up on two holes which really hurt him," Harvey said. "I think the mental aspect of being at state affected his game a little bit."

Despite the tough day that Porter experience at state, he was just happy he had a coach like Harvey to lead him through the day.

"It has been a lot of fun under coach Harvey," Porter said. "He made me have a lot of fun but at the same time focus on my game. It was always a positive experience and he was probably the best coach I have ever had."

Coach Harvey feels pretty good about his two seniors as well.

"I will miss these two guys tremendously," Harvey said. "I had a chance to get to know them personally and they are just great individuals. I just can't say enough about them as a coach."

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