LHS golfers headed back to state
Willcott’s fifth-man score gives Lions tiebreaker
Olathe One by one, as the Lansing High golfers walked off the 18th green at Heritage Park Golf Course on Monday afternoon they assumed the season was over.
The scores weren't good, and with private schools St. Thomas Aquinas and Bishop Miege running away with the top two places, that left Lansing in a battle with Gardner-Edgerton, Mill Valley and Bonner Springs to be the final team qualifier for the Class 5A state tournament in Wichita.
Senior Ryan Willcott definitely didn't think his 101 would help the cause, but when the top four golfers from Lansing and Gardner put their teams into a third-place tie at 372, suddenly Willcott's score was going to matter.
Tiebreakers are given to the team whose fifth man has the lowest score. Gardner's fifth man, Robert McGuire, shot a 104.
Junior Maria Jackson was Lansing's top performer with an 85. Sophomore Josh Greene was the team's second-best performer for the second tournament in a row as he turned in a 92. Sophomore Kyle Willcott shot a 97 and senior Stefan Froelich had a 98 to round out Lansing's top four. Junior Zach Robinson shot a 104.
Regional champion Aquinas had a 307 and runner-up Miege had a 327. Aquinas junior Jimmy Clifford was the individual champion with a 72.
For more from regionals, pick up the May 17 edition of The Current.