Girl golfers get first tourney under belt
Members of the Basehor-Linwood girls golf team placed 11th at the Piper Invitational tournament at Sunflower Hills on Tuesday.
The Bobcats shot 501 as a team, finishing ahead of Turner High School who shot 557 in the tournament and finished in last place.
Jefferson West won the tournament with a round of 405. The team made up of golfers from De Soto and Mill Valley high schools placed second with a 427. Osage City placed third with a round of 434.
Piper, who hosted the tournament, placed fourth with a round of 437. Perry-Lecompton was the other Kaw Valley League team in the tournament, and finished with a 459.
Individually, Ashley Clayton shot 121 with a 64 on the front and 57 on the back nine holes. Morgan Richardson finished with a 121, with a 60 on the front and 61 on the back-nine holes. Amanda O'Bryan turned in the third-lowest score with a 127. Freshman golfers Nicole Vasquez shot 132 and Rachel Van Fleet rounded out the field with a score of 149.
"I am proud of our younger girls, because they did not get rattled," first-year coach Ben Chapman said. "They went out and had a good time."
With the first tournament complete, players understand what a varsity tournament is like and will be more comfortable in future tournaments, Chapman said.
"A lot of it is just developing a focus on the course, visualizing the shots and understanding what you are doing wrong on the course," Chapman said. "Also, understanding what you are doing well."
Basehor-Linwood plays Wednesday at Alvamar Country Club in a tournament hosted by Perry-Lecompton.
The team's other golfers are Danielle Ridder, Chantal Williams, Marissa Dove, Samantha Espinoza and Kaitlynn Brandt.
The varsity roster will continue to evolve with tournament play determined by which players perform the best in practice.