Courtney shoots 90, qualifies for state tourney
Bobby Courtney is Manhattan-bound. The Basehor-Linwood sophomore golfer shot a 90 to qualify for state Monday evening at Bellevue Country Club in Atchison.
"I am so proud of Bobby - he is just a sophomore and he has improved so much mentally and physically," coach Chad Harvey said. "He constantly works hard at everything he does. He has committed himself to the weight room, he constantly works at getting his golf game better, and that type of kid is just a joy to coach. He listens to everything, and is one of the most coachable kids you will meet. I am just very proud of him."
Harvey said the Bobcats as a team "really struggled" with the strong winds on the course. Courtney was able to play well despite the less-than-ideal weather, however.
"He played so well under the conditions," Harvey said. "He is the kind of kid that cares so much and wanted this so bad, I was worried he might psych himself out. He had a blow-up on the fifth hole that I thought might rattle him, but he just kept plugging away.
"The wind affected everyone today. It really made the course much harder than when we had played it before. The rest of the team really just let the wind get to them mentally."
Sam Mustain and Chris Douglas both shot a 94.
"They struggled so much with the wind and just could not catch a break," Harvey said.
Ryan Fritz shot a 96, Clint Schierbaum shot a 105 and Jake Hattock shot a 107.
Harvey said he thinks Courtney's chances are "very good" at state.
"He has already shot very low this season," Harvey said. Courtney shot a 78 two weeks ago at Perry, and an 82 last week at the Kaw Valley League tournament.
"He is on a great roll," Harvey said. "He had some stumbles today and really fought the wind, but he was so determined to make it to state. We are going to work on a lot of short game touch shots before next week and really work on shot consistency. If anyone will work hard to do well, Bobby will. I have no doubt he will work as hard as he can to do well on Monday."
Courtney will have a practice round on Sunday. The tournament begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Stagg Hill in Manhattan.