Lions seventh at Gardner
Jackson, Cameron pace LHS with rounds of 88
The Lansing High golf team placed seventh out of 16 teams Monday at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational.
Sophomore Maria Jackson and senior Andrew Cameron paced the Lions as each shot an 88. Junior Stefan Froelich shot an 89 and junior Ted Haugland fired a 90. Seniors Max Kozak and Javen Kelly rounded out the LHS lineup with rounds of 93 and 95, respectively.
"Our scores are still pretty high," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said.
There was a four-way tie at the top as Travis Hackathorn of Mill Valley, Danny Demiyt of Gardner-Edgerton and Brad Pfaltzgraff and Brian Folkner of Paola all shot 78. Paola won the team title with a four-player score of 317.
Pekarek had hoped the Lions would place higher after they won the Sunflower Hills High School Invitational on Saturday, but that wasn't the case.
"I really thought with the scores we shot at Sunflower, compared to this course, I thought we'd shoot five or six shots better today, but we didn't," Pekarek said.
Although the Gardner course wasn't as challenging, the weather certainly proved tough. With a northwest wind of about 20-25 miles per hour, shot placement was tough. Adding to the difficulty was the fact that the greens had been aerated with sand. That made the greens faster.
"They seemed to be faster than what they looked like," Pekarek said. "A lot of them said they had trouble chipping and putting."
The Lions will have a few days to work on their chipping and putting before returning to action at 3 p.m. Monday in the Lansing Invitational at Leavenworth Country Club.
"You hope that you're going to play better in your own tournament, but I was telling them today, I don't think we've ever won our own tournament," Pekarek said. "We've just got to have more people step up and play like they're capable of playing. If you can shoot a 40 in practice, you can turn around and do it in a tournament.
"Tournament jitters or whatever, they've just got to get over it and start playing."