Archive for Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wind tests Basehor golfers at Osawatomie Invitational

April 24, 2008

Despite not placing and or having any individual medalists Saturday at the Osawatomie Invitational, Basehor-Linwood coach Chad Harvey thinks his team made great strides. The Bobcats struggled all day with the wind.

Sam Mustain shot an 89, Ryan Fritz, who is beginning to come out of an early season slump, shot a 90, and Chris Douglas shot a 93. Harvey said all struggled with the conditions.

"All week, we had been working on overcoming mental battles on the course," Harvey said. "Playing golf with your buddies is completely different than playing in a tournament. There are more distractions, more pressure, and the kids are so competitive, they become tense, and lose focus quickly when things go wrong.

"We made huge strides this week. I wanted the kids to work on not allowing negative thoughts to enter their mind. Every time I saw a player, they smiled and said they were having fun. I want these kids to enjoy and attack competition, not tense up and be afraid of it."

Harvey said the team has been working hard on its mental game, but the weather has not allowed them enough time to work on the course and hone the physical side.

But Harvey likes the camaraderie of the team. They have rallied around their teammates, such as was the case with Fritz.

"He has gone through some emotional struggles, and the team has really been there for him," Harvey said. "Having teammates that care really helps anyone who is struggling."

Jake Hattock shot a 93.

"So far, he has been the most consistent on the team," Harvey said. "His stroke is really coming along, and his mental game has improved so much."

Harvey was pleased with Clint Schierbaum, who shot a 95. Schierbaum was having a solid round until scoring an eight on a par four.

"He had a great tournament," Harvey said. "He ended on a very tough hole; it had been a thorn in every golfer's side all day. I was hoping he could come away with bogey, but with all the trees on the hole, Clint got in some trouble with his tee shot and just could not fully recover. He played so solid all day and really proved he can compete at the varsity level."

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