Two-week layoff takes toll on LHS golfers at Iola
Two weeks had passed since most of Lansing High's varsity golfers last competed.
That time out came on a day when the Lions were red-hot and placed second at their home tournament, the Lansing Invitational.
Monday at the Iola Invitational, however, LHS was slow to regain its touch off the tees and on the greens. It placed 10th in the 15-team tournament with a score of 375. Girard won the team title with a 315, Fort Scott shot a 324 and Pittsburg-Colgan shot a 334.
"We hadn't played in two weeks, but I thought we'd shoot something better than that," LHS coach Bill Pekarek said.
Girard's Tray Scallions was the tournament champion with a 75. Senior Ryan Willcott was Lansing's top performer as he shot a 90. Maria Jackson shot 91, Hank Price had a 96, Kyle Willcott shot a 98 and Stefan Froelich and Josh Greene rounded out the lineup with a pair of 102's.
"Iola's not a very easy course by any means," Pekarek said. "It has a lot of trees, it has some water on it and there are a lot of chances to get into trouble. A lot of times that's what happened to us."
Pekarek said that despite the layoff and the difficult course, he was disappointed that his team didn't perform significantly better.
The Lions will get another chance to improve Tuesday when they compete at 1 p.m. at Atchison.
"Two weeks from today we've got league, and I hope we can all play better," Pekarek said. "People need to step up."