Bobcats finish second at KVL golf tournament
Lawrence The Basehor-Linwood boys golf team was unable to defend its Kaw Valley League championship on Monday, but the Bobcats still came away from the league tournament with plenty to feel good about.
After all, the Bobcats had their first day of good weather all season, and they responded by playing their best rounds of the year at Eagle Bend Golf Course.
"They were finally consistent," BLHS coach Chad Harvey said. "We've been working on that all season. I told them the goal by the end of league was to get everybody under 85, and they did it (with the top four)."
Bobby Courtney shot a team-best round of 82 and placed sixth overall. Sam Mustain was ninth with an 83 and Chris Douglas nabbed medalist honors with an 84, good for 10th.
BLHS finished second in the team standings with a four-player score of 333. Lansing won the league title with a 321.
"Lansing just played really well," Harvey said.
The Lions landed three players in the top five, led by individual champion Maria Jackson with a 75. Josh Greene was third with a 79 and Kenneth Ritchey was fifth with an 81 for LHS.
Other Bobcats who competed were Ryan Fritz with an 84, Clint Schierbaum with an 86 and Jake Hattock with an 88.
Harvey said the inconsistent weather has contributed to his team's inconsistency throughout the season. Monday was different, though, and so were his players' scores. With temperatures in the 70s, no wind and a light layer of clouds to keep the sun from burning too bright, the squad seized the opportunity to play.
"It was just perfect," Harvey said. "When they jumped out of the truck, they were pumped up. They finally got a nonwindy day that's going to be warm."
Harvey said the fact that all of his players shot in the 80s indicated they were improving right on schedule.
"We're peaking at the right time," he said. "It's all about a steady climb up and keep working to get there, and we're at the right place at the right time. We've put ourselves in a good position for next week (at regionals). We're on a good roll."
The Class 4A regional tournament will be 8:30 a.m. Monday at Bellevue Country Club in Atchison. Other schools competing will be Atchison, De Soto, Piper, Bishop Ward, St. James Academy, Jefferson County West, Perry-Lecompton, Tonganoxie and Topeka Hayden.