Lions heating up heading into today’s KVL golf meet
Lansing High golf coach Bill Pekarek had plenty of reason for concern heading into the Lions' Thursday and Saturday golf tournamens at Perry and Anderson County.
After all, they would be playing without senior Chris Nelson who had played in the maximum number of allowed tournaments. Other golfers hadn't shown the progress Pekarek had hoped for either.
Still, with their ace out of the lineup the young Lions didn't disappoint.
At Perry it was Max Kozak and Maria Jackson who led the way as LHS placed fourth overall with a score of 334, just behind champion St. Mary's (311), Jefferson West (318) and third-place Immaculata (327). It was the Lions' best showing of the season.
"The weather was great and the scores seem to have dipped down to a normal level as we near the end of the season," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said. "Lake Perry C.C. is a relatively short golf course with a few very challenging holes. I was glad to see more of our players shoot scores around 85 or less. We have been anxiously awaiting the day when more of our players play closer to what they are potentially capable of, because we knew we would then be able to compete and possibly finish in the top three."
Kozak became just the second Lion of the season to shoot in the 70s as he placed eighth overall with a 79. Jackson had her best round of the year with an 83. Javen Kelly and Ryan Willcott added a pair of 86s, Stefan Froelich had an 87 and Ted Haugland rounded things out with a 90.
The Lions carried that momentum into Saturday's meet at Anderson County. They didn't shoot quite as well overall - they placed ninth with a 357 - but junior Andrew Cameron crashed the sub-80 party as he put together the team's best individual round of the year. Cameron's 74 was good enough for third place after a playoff.
Kelly added another steady round with an 88.
Nelson will return to the Lions' rotation at 1 p.m. today at the Kaw Valley League meet at Painted Hills Golf Course in Kansas City, Kan.