Basehor-Linwood Girls Golf
Going into the first girls golf tournament ever for Basehor-Linwood High School, Lady Bobcats coach Ryan Higgins did not have high expectations.
In the 11-team Piper Invitational, Higgins' goal for his first year team was to beat fellow newcomer to the links, Perry-Lecompton. Tuesday at Sunflower Hills, the Bobcats were able to beat Perry-Lecompton, but they also surpassed expectations and beat six other schools to finish fourth.
"The girls played way above our expectations," Higgins said. "It was awesome."
The Bobcats' team score of 442, which is the total of each team's top four individuals, was only four strokes behind third place.
Several of Higgins' golfers had impressive individual performances. Sophomore Lindsey Fenton shot a 105 and finished in 11th place and junior Laura Reed finished 15th with a score of 109. Both Fenton and Reed medaled.
Higgins was made aware of his team's finish before the award ceremony but he wanted to let the girls find out their impressive finish when they were handed their fourth place plaque.
"They were real excited," Higgins said. "I had to bite my tongue before the awards ceremony because I knew the outcome and couldn't tell them yet. It was hard to do. I wanted to congratulate them all but I had to wait a little bit."
The Bobcats finish is even more impressive when taken into consideration that only Fenton and sophomore Megan O'Bryan have played competitive golf before this season. Higgins said that Reed just began playing golf this summer and has been a quick learner.
O'Bryan and junior Amanda Lieve turned in the other two team scores for the Bobcats, each shooting 114.
Sunflower Hills was familiar territory to the Bobcats. Twice a week the team plays nine holes at Sunflower and the time spent on the course proved to pay dividends.
"The girls talked about on the way home how it was nice knowing some of the holes they played," Higgins said.