Senior caps career with rough run at state
Senior BLHS golfer Bobby Carrico was the only Bobcat to qualify for this season's state golf tournament at Coffeyville Country Club this Monday, and unfortunately, it just wasn't his day.
Usually in the low 80s and occasionally in the 70s, Carrico shot a disappointing 92, falling well short of the mark for placing.
"It was a really frustrating day," Carrico said. "I just couldn't get anything going, and I'm pretty disappointed in myself. I know I could have done a lot better."
With a potential scholarship hanging in the balance, Carrico admitted that he put a lot of added pressure on himself to perform and perhaps pressed a little too hard.
While Carrico was asleep, dreaming of eagles and birdies before the tournament had even begun, the skies opened up for about five hours, making the course a mess. The rain-soaked course played a big role in Carrico's struggles.
He began the day with a perfect drive down the center of the fairway on the first tee box but ended up with a double bogey on the first hole.
"I figured it was just nerves," BLHS coach Chad Harvey said. "I thought 'OK, he's got that one out of the way, now he can sit back and play his style of golf.'"
What happened on the next hole may have very well determined the outcome of the entire round for the struggling Carrico. He stepped up to the second tee box ready to bear down. He hit what could have easily been the best drive of the day, a bomb down the right side of the fairway. Carrico walked to where he thought he had hit it, and the ball was nowhere to be found. The fairway was soaked in mud and had swallowed the ball and Carrico's attempt at a comeback.
"I couldn't believe it," Carrico said. "It was probably my best drive of the day, and I was really frustrated."
After hitting another drive Carrico got close to the green but sailed his chip up over his target and out of bounds. Taking another drop, he putted in for a nine.
After two holes Carrico was looking at a 15 but was determined to change things around.
"After the second hole I really had to calm myself down and try and make some birdies," Carrico said.
But his short game never came around and it just wasn't meant to be. Carrico finished the front nine with a 48, even after birdies on the fifth and seventh holes.
"It was very frustrating not being able to coach him," Harvey said, mentioning the rule that coaches must be observers only. "It was his first trip to state, so he really didn't know the atmosphere and hadn't played in front of that many people. It was like he was playing not to lose instead of playing to win."
Although he did better on the back nine with a 44, Carrico finished with a 92 for the day, well above his best game.
Carrico will head to Bethany College in the fall and will put this tournament behind him. According to Harvey, there's no reason his best golfer won't get even better at the college level.
"Bobby is just going to keep getting better," Harvey said. "He's just been so coachable, he listens and takes any suggestion a coach is willing to give him."
Despite a rough finish to his career, Carrico set the standard for future Bobcat golfers and paved the way for this program, which Harvey feels will see more success as a result of Carrico's leadership.