Sophomore gains state experience
Lindsey Fenton admitted that the pressure of Monday's state golf tournament got to her.
It would have been hard to expect anything else from Fenton, who is just a sophomore and was the lone representative from Basehor-Linwood High School's first girls golf team.
Fenton finished out of the top-20 medalists spots and by her own admission didn't play well Monday. But this year's trip to state was more about gaining experience and building for the future anyway. BLHS coach Ryan Higgins wants Fenton to keep the team calm at next year's state tournament.
"Next year we fully expect to be there as a team," Higgins said. "It'll help because she's been there and she'll be able to calm down anybody else who's nervous."
Fenton had trouble describing what it was that got to her on Monday.
"It was just state, I don't really know," Fenton said. "It was a big tournament and I wanted to do really well."
"She was very nervous, you know her parents were there, watching her for the first time," Higgins said. "She'll do better next year."
It didn't help that Fenton and Higgins had to travel to Andover and play on an unfamiliar course, Terradyne Country Club. The two played a practice round Sunday and Higgins said it was a fun course, while Fenton had a slightly different take.
"The fairways were really narrow and if you didn't hit the fairway your ball was lost," Fenton said. "There was rough like four feet high, really tall grass, so that was pretty tough."
Those familiar with Terradyne predictably had the most success there on Monday. A girl from Andover took individual first place honors and the Andover team was the overall winner. At least one of the Andover girls was definitely feeling at home.
"One of the girls in my group was from Andover and she actually lives on that golf course, so she can play there all the time," Fenton said. "But anywhere you go there's going to be someone who's played that course a lot."
No matter where the state tournament is next year, Fenton is confident she'll be there and that next time she'll have all her teammates competing with her, which she's looking forward to.
"I had support from my family but there's more with your team there," Fenton said.