Lions second at KVL golf meet
Nelson fourth, Cameron eighth as LHS posts best round of year
Kansas City, Kan. It had been almost two weeks since Lansing High senior Chris Nelson last competed in a golf tournament.
Nelson, a state medalist in 2004 and the Lions' top player, had played the maximum number of tournaments allowed before league so he was forced to sit out the last two tournaments. That gave him plenty of time to relax, refocus and gear up for his final appearance at the Kaw Valley League meet.
Nelson didn't disappoint as he fired a 76 - his best round of the year - and placed fourth overall. Junior Andrew Cameron joined Nelson in the top 10 as he placed eighth with a 79. The pair led LHS to a second-place finish.
"I think Nelson came in pretty focused today because he knew that he could possibly win the whole tournament," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said. "He was thinking he'd have to shoot in the 70s to do that."
Mill Valley won the team title with a 304. Lansing was second at 327 and Immaculata was third at 329. Piper was fourth with 333 and Tonganoxie rounded out the top five teams with a 337.
The round of 327 was the Lions' best team score of the season. The second place finish also was their highest of 2005. That was good news to Pekarek.
"We're starting to play really good," Pekarek said. "This is the first time this group of guys, our top six in statistics and stroke averages, has been together in a tournament in some time."
In addition to Nelson and Cameron, Max Kozak shot an 85, Stefan Froelich and Javen Kelly had 87s and Maria Jackson shot an 89.
"We just need a few more guys under 85, and we're starting to get there," Pekarek said.
The Lions will have a week to try to knock off a few more strokes before the Class 5A regional meet on Monday, May 16, at Lake Shawnee in Topeka. Joining LHS in the regional field will be Washington, Mill Valley, Shawnee Heights, Highland Park, Topeka Seaman and Topeka West. The top three teams and the top five next best individual scores (not from qualifying teams) will advance to the state meet.
"Going into this regional you'll have to shoot under 320 to do anything (as a team), and to go individually you'll have to shoot in the 70s," Pekarek said.