Archive for Wednesday, May 16, 2007

BLHS golfers win league championship

May 16, 2007

Basehor-Linwood has another league champion. Friday's Kaw Valley League golf meet at Ft. Leavenworth was a banner day for the Bobcats. The team shot a 346, six strokes better than the next best team, Lansing.

"I was so proud of the boys," coach Chad Harvey said.This is the first league championship we have won in the last five years since I have been head coach.ith the toughness of our league, this really should show the kids they are for real.hey can

compete with any team on any day if everyone comes to play."

Three Bobcats made the all-league medal list, including Sam Mustain, who shot an 80 and finished third, Chris Douglas, who shot an 88 and finished seventh, and Toby Moody, who also shot an 88 and finished 10th.

Mustain was particularly impressive.

"Sam was just as relaxed as he could have been," Harvey said. "He struggled on a few holes but really showed what kind of competitor he really is by not letting anything affect his game.e has come such a long way mentally this year. am very proud of what he has accomplished."

Mustain lost a scorecard playoff to Bonner Springs' Cody Wallace, who also shot an 80.

"It was another good performance for Cody," BSHS coach Mike Fitzgibbons said. "He placed second at the KVL and successfully medaled in every regular season golf meet.e has made great progress this season.t. Leavenworth is a real tough course. If you miss the fairway the rough is brutal. But he did a good job of hanging in there and not letting misses affect his game plan."

Bobcat coach Harvey sat down with Douglas, who finished seventh, before the meet to calm the golfer's nerves.

"He is still struggling mentally," Harvey said.On Thursday after practice we had one of those heart-to-heart talks. He was so upset with how he was playing I just had to calm him down. think the talk worked, because even though he didn't shoot where he wanted, he still competed.e is such a great kid and wants to do well so bad, sometimes that drive works against him and makes him very tight.f I can get him to loosen up a little, he will be competing for a medal at the state tournament."

The banner Friday could not carry into Monday for the Bobcats at regional competition in Western Hills.

"Monday was a very different story for our golfers," Harvey said.The conditions were tough, the course was tough, and our kids just did not have what it took to overcome those elements.e had had high hopes of qualifying as a team (for state). Everyone knew going in that Topeka Hayden was the best team around. I think they are the best team in the state. have been telling the kids all year to watch how they act on tournament day, look how they support each other.hey are the standard for what a state championship golf team should be."

Douglas shot an 86. Mustain was in perpetual struggle and finished with 88. Steve Shores shot a 91, Ryan Fritz a 97. Courtney shot a disappointing 104. Moody, a senior, shot a 94 in his last high school performance.

Douglas and Mustain qualified for state. Shores missed the cut by three strokes. Mustain had the last score that qualified for state.

"Chris had a swagger about him that day," Harvey said. "He seemed very confident. Chris was in a sudden death playoff for eighth, ninth and tenth place. He went to the first tee box on the first playoff hole and blasted it down the center.efore he left to tee off in the playoff he told me he wanted that eighth place medal.e really did want it bad.is second shot ended up about four feet from the pin.Everyone else had already made par, and all Chris had to do was tap in his birdie putt to snag the eighth place medal. He just stepped up with all the confidence in the world and drained it. He qualified for state and won a medal. am very proud of how Chris came through his mental struggles."

Mustain, meanwhile, had to battle back from an early hole. He was four over par after the first hole. His first nine was a 48. He managed to finish with an 88.

"Sam was not going to let the course beat him," Harvey said.Although it did beat him up pretty good, he stayed determined to have the last laugh. Although he was very disappointed in his round, he was more concerned about letting his teammates down.nce he found out he made it in, he had that determined look in his eye and said, 'I am lucky to have made it, but at state, I will be much better.'For some reason, I believe him."

Bonner Springs spent regional at Heritage Park. Weather was a big factor in this competition as well. Cameron Buck shot an 88, Cody Wallace finished with 89, Jake Henry scored a 103, Justin Padelli shot 111 and Jerritt Barbarich received 119.

Buck and Wallace qualified for state.

"What a tough day on the course, windy and hot and with all the rain we had lately the rough was tall and thick," Fitzgibbons said.Both Cameron and Cody fought through the conditions and with a little luck made it as the last two state qualifiers. was definitely happy for both of them. They had worked so hard the last two years to qualify for state but even with the tough conditions I know they could have scored better.ody by far had the worst round of the year and Cameron was consistent with what he has been shooting all year."

Fitzgibbons will spend this week preparing his golfers for state.

"I really think they both have a good chance of doing well at state if they can get their short game on track and can handle the pressure of state competition," Fitzgibbons said.Cameron has been there before so he knows what to expect and I am sure he wants to do better than last year.ince this is Cody's first state tourney, hopefully Cameron can give him some pointers on what to expect and how to handle standing on the first tee with 200 people watching you tee off and golfing with the best golfers in the state of Kansas.Overall I am very excited and looking forward to seeing them both compete at state. This was a goal they both had at the beginning of the year and for it to happen just makes it even better."

BLHS coach Harvey similarly wants to get his two qualified golfers ready for state. He also wants the team to forget a sub-par Monday.

"We shot our high team score of the season (at regional)," Harvey said.We have a lot to work on for next year, but for right now, we must focus on our two individuals going to the state tournament. Good luck Sam and Chris."

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