Archive for Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Unusual lineup hits the links for BLHS

May 2, 2007

An unfamiliar team took the course for Basehor-Linwood Monday evening in Ottawa.

BLHS coach Chad Harvey sent two varsity and four junior varsity golfers to represent the Bobcats.

"The state only allows eight tournaments before regionals, and I had nine scheduled," Harvey said.Tanner (Swafford) missed one tournament last week, so he was OK to play, but the rest of the varsity players had too many tournaments. really wanted those JV kids to see what a varsity 18-hole tournament was like and where they have to be to be competitive."

Brett Johnson surprisingly led the Bobcats, shooting an 81. The JV golfer has battled consistency all season.

"Brett really stood out today," Harvey said.He is number eight (out of 16 golfers) on the team ladder, but had a great round today.n order for him to contribute on the varsity team, he must get more consistent with his game.e is working hard, so I think if he continues to be determined, he will make the postseason team and really contribute to our quest of qualifying for state as a team."

Tanner Swafford shot an 85.

"Tanner still continues to struggle with the competitive part of golf," Harvey said.His mental game needs some help.e has a few bad holes and thinks the whole round is shot.e have to fix that if he is going to qualify for state. If he could be half as focused in golf as he is in basketball, he will make state for sure, but until that happens, he will continue to have middle of the road performances."

Bobby Courtney finished with 93.

"Bobby is still struggling mentally as well, but for a freshman, he is doing just fine," Harvey said.A lot of golf has to do with maturity, and Bobby is very mature for a freshman.e just needs more course on-course decisions need to improve and his club selections need to be more thought out.nce he starts doing that, he will be a very good golfer."

Clint Schierbaum filled his scorecard with a 99.

"Clint is another freshman that just started this year," Harvey said.Clint is one of those kids who enjoys life to the fullest. He has some natural athletic ability that he does not realize he has. He has great hands, he hits the ball a ton, and is just now learning how to control that power. really hope Clint sticks with golf, because he could be very good."

Jake Hattock and Matt Murrell finished with 100 apiece.

"Jake Hattock is still a young golfer," Harvey said.He played in the past, but really started playing competitively this year.e has some wonderful natural ability, but like Bobby, just needs course experience.hose two freshmen are going to be very special as they get older."

Murrell continued to improve on the course.

"Matt is a junior that just started playing last year," Harvey said, and has all the qualities he wants in his varsity players: "hard-working, self-motivated, competitive, and one of the most coachable kids you will ever meet.f he continues to get better, he will enjoy this game for a lifetime, and be very good at it."

The team as a whole finished with a combined score of 356. Harvey is still looking for better performances to come.

"Overall, I was pleased with how our team did. However, we have a goal of making it to state as a team, so it is time for everyone to step up and be competitive," Harvey said.

For a look at how the Bonner Springs High School golf team faired at Ottawa, see Page 5B.

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