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Mustain leads Basehor-Linwood golf team at season’s first meet

April 2, 2008

Sam Mustain shot an 89, placing fifth overall, leading Basehor-Linwood to a third-place finish Saturday at the Sunflower Hills Invitational. The Bobcats were on the wrong side of a tie-breaker, having actually tied for second. The team was only four strokes out of first place. The tie-breaker is the fifth golfer's score.

"I told the team before the tournament that I wanted the top four between 85 and 95, and three of the four were right in the middle," coach Chad Harvey said. "I thought we had a good shot to win, but we are headed in the right direction. It was a great way to start with everyone coming away from that tournament with something to work on."

Bobby Courtney placed seventh with a 90 and Chris Douglas placed 11th with a

91. Ryan Fritz shot a 99 and Jake Hattock a 102.

Harvey said he is enjoying his team this year.

"These are good kids that are easy to coach," Harvey said. "They trust me and listen to me and perform at a very high level. I am very excited about this season and so are the kids."

Not everything was rosy, though. The team's competitive edge threatened to put a damper on what was a solid overall finish.

"Everyone was complaining about their scores, which was good," Harvey said. "But I had to say, 'Guys, first tournament and we tie for second, and none of you shot like you thought you should. Doesn't that kind of excite you? They all agreed and are ready to get back to work."

Basehor-Linwood competes in Bonner Springs tournament

Despite inclement weather, the Bonner Springs Invitational took place at Sunflower Hills Country Club on Thursday.

Drizzle blanketed the golf course and wind gusts made it difficult to concentrate at times.

Golfers battled cold conditions all afternoon, many complained of numbness in their fingers.

Mill Valley Coach Ron Robison joked with his team about the conditions and said they needed to embrace the less than perfect conditions.

"I know people that pay good money to play in weather like this in Scotland, so go out and enjoy it," he said.

Of all the golfers, Bonner Springs' senior Jerritt Barbarich probably had the most fun. He won the individual portion of the tournament with a score of 42.

He tied Ottawa's Clinton Moore, but Barbarich had a better score on the No. 6 hole, which was deemed the tiebreaker hole because of its level of difficulty.

"This is the best golf I've ever played; I'm really excited," Barbarich said.

Bonner Springs coach Jacob Beck said Babarich should benefit from winning the tournament.

"I think this win will do wonders for his confidence going forward," Beck said. "I've never seen so many smiles out of him since I've known him. He's a humble kid. I am very excited for him."

Bonner Springs senior Cody Wallace finished three strokes off the pace.

"I didn't perform up to my standards; I just had too many errors today," he said.

Wallace, who was listed as the No. 1 golfer on the Bonner Springs roster, is hoping to perform better in upcoming tournaments.

He said he hopes to qualify for the Class 5A State golf tournament for the second straight year.

Ottawa won the team gold medal with a score of 177. First year golf coach Cliff McCullough is excited about his team's victory.

"This is the first team win for Ottawa golf in several years," he said. "I hope this is a sign of things to come."

Mill Valley finished in second place with a score of 185. Desoto placed third with a score of 187. Bonner Springs placed fourth with 198. Basehor-Linwood placed fifth with a 205 and Lansing finished in sixth with a 209.

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