Bobcats break out, finish 3rd at Osawatomie
Basehor-Linwood golf coach Chad Harvey watched patiently early in the season as Tanner Swafford struggled with his shot.
Harvey knew it was only a matter of time before the junior broke out.
The wait ended Saturday in Osawatomie. Swafford shot an 83 to take 14th place in the individual standings. The Bobcats combined for a 343 to take third place out of 19 teams.
"I have been waiting for Tanner to break out of his funk and shoot well, and he did just that Saturday," Harvey said.I think he finally just relaxed and did not let anything bother him."
Sam Mustain shot an 85.
"He played a so-so round," Harvey said.He has been struggling the past week or so getting into a groove, but I know that Sam will come focused and ready to play no matter what problems he is having. He has a good head on the golf course.e still have a while before regional, so we can get any swing problems fixed before that, and he will be very dangerous."
Sophomore Steve Shores shot a season-low 85.
"The surprise of the day was Steve Shores," Harvey said. "I have known all along that Steve has the potential to shoot very low, but it was Steve needing to believe he could shoot low. think he is getting the message now. He is going to be a very special golfer as he continues. He has a level head and a good work ethic. have told Steve all along, he just needs to let go of his fear of failure, realize he is a good golfer, and go out and attack the course."
Chris Douglas had a rough day and finished with a disappointing 90.
"Chris needs to work on his putting," Harvey said.His putting was awful on Saturday.I don't know if it was lack of focus, or if he just had a hard time getting a read on the greens."
Ryan Fritz also shot a 90 and freshman Bobby Courtney, who was competing at the varsity level for the first time shot a 100 to round out the BLHS card.
"I kind of figured that Bobby's nerves would get to him," Harvey said. "It was his first varsity tournament and he wanted to prove he belongs. I think he shot OK. I know Bobby was disappointed, and he is capable of shooting much better, but all in all, he needed to get that nervousness out now so he could contribute in the postseason.
"He has really been coming on strong and has seen nothing but success at the JV level.e has placed in the top three in every JV tournament he has played in.hat alone shows he can play, but playing with nerves can really hinder your game. look for Bobby to contribute come post season time."
The Bobcats' next tournament will take place 3 p.m. Monday in Ottawa.