Lansing golf third at Sunflower
Bonner Springs Lansing High's golf team placed third and two Lions won individual medals at the Sunflower Hills High School Tournament on Saturday at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.
Senior Chris Nelson fired a team-best 86 over the 18-hole course and placed fifth overall. Sophomore Stefan Froelich also medaled, placing 11th after firing a 91. Basehor-Linwood's Bobby Carrico was the individual champion as he shot a 79.
Piper placed first in the team standings with a four-player score of 351. Immaculata was second with a 360 and LHS was third with a 372.
"It was a great day to play," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said. "I was kind of surprised that the scores were as high as they were. You've got one kid in the 70s, and everybody else is up from there, but this has been the closest that we've had to being a true varsity tournament so far.
"Our goal is always to try to come in the top three. We did accomplish that today. Our scores weren't great, and I'm sure that everybody who played today feels like they could've played better, but it's early yet."
One Lion who had hoped to shoot a better score but wasn't too disappointed with his final mark was Nelson. For him, the fifth-place individual finish was a rewarding accomplishment. He struggled in three previous appearances at Sunflower Hills as he shot a 105 as a freshman, a 98 as a sophomore and a 93 as a junior. He was in the thick of the race for first place after shooting a front-nine 40 before slipping to fifth. The medal, however, was his first at Sunflower Hills.
"My driver was getting me in trouble a lot, because on this course you've got to keep it in the fairway," Nelson said. "Hitting greens I wasn't that bad. I had a couple birdies and my putting was OK. Overall I think I played alright."
A week after shooting a 93 in his first tournament of the year at Shawnee Golf and Country Club, Froelich put together another solid round as he shot a season-best 91 and earned his first medal at Sunflower Hills. He shot a 100 on the course last year.
Three other Lions also competed Saturday. Junior Max Kozak shot a 97, freshman Maria Jackson had a 98 and sophomore Ted Haugland had a 118.
The Lions next compete at 9 a.m. Monday at Gardner-Edgerton. The junior varsity will compete at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Jefferson West.
"We go to Gardner on Monday, and that's a tournament where the course is a little easier than this one," Pekarek said. "It's a course where you can put together four or five pars in a row and feel better about your scores. We hope that's what happens in the next couple of weeks and we put together some real good rounds."