BLHS glofer Courtney learns lessons at state
Bobby Courtney was overtaken by a case of nerves as he was about to tee off Monday at the Class 4A state golf tournament at Stagg Hill Golf Course in Manhattan.
Courtney opened his round with two double-bogeys before eventually settling down and shooting a 93.
Brandon Falley of Topeka Hayden was the state champion with a 69 and teammate Bryan Walker was the runner-up with a 73. Haden also won the team title.
Courtney's score kept him from finishing in the top 20 and medaling, but BLHS coach Chad Harvey said he was proud of Courtney for shrugging off the shaky start and finishing strong.
Harvey said that after shooting a 49 on the front nine, he challenged Courtney to step up his game on the final holes.
"He said, 'I want to go low,' so I said, 'you've gotta start being aggressive,'" Harvey said. "I remember one of the holes he hit it about 295 yards right down the fairway and outblasted everybody. He knows he's got the power and control. He's just got to put those two together at the same time."
Harvey said that combination would come with time. Courtney is just a sophomore, so Harvey said the experience was the most important thing to come from state this year.
"That's where he's set up perfect, because now he's got the next two years to place," Harvey said.