Douglas, Fritz lead BLHS at Lansing Invitational
Battling strong, swirling winds, Basehor-Linwood golfers Chris Douglas and Ryan Fritz showed poise and accuracy while landing top-10 finishes on Monday at the Lansing Invitational.
“The wind was blowing so hard it was affecting your putting,” BLHS coach Bruce Courtney said. “I imagine that gets into your head. Your ball can get blown into a bad situation when you’re trying to recover. It’s one of those things, but everyone has to deal with it.”
Douglas and Fritz handled it better than most. Fritz shot 44 and 43 for a total of 87. Douglas shot 44 and 42 to finish at 86.
Tonganoxie’s Colby Yates shot 77 to win the tournament. Topeka Hayden golfer Justice Valdivia was second with a 79.
Lansing won the team portion of the tournament with a 346 and Hayden placed second with a 347.
While Fritz and Douglas performed well in the tournament, other BLHS golfers struggled. Bobby Courtney shot a 95, Jake Hattock shot a 96 and Gabe Vlasic shot a 99.
“The other kids I know wanted to do better and could have done better,” coach Courtney said. “They will. It is a matter of time, but the conditions didn’t help them any. I think they were disappointed in themselves. It’s hard to go out and create situations like that in practice. It’s tough to teach how to play in these conditions when you don’t play in it often.”
Basehor-Linwood plays Saturday in the Osawatomie Tournament. The team will play in a tournament at Atchison on April 28 and Piper on April 29.
Moving forward, players have to put it all together and eliminate mistakes.
“We are on the edge of putting up some good numbers up as a team,” Courtney said. “We have yet to play a tournament where four people put up good scores.”
In junior varsity action, Basehor-Linwood shot 425 in the Bonner Springs Golf Tournament at Sunflower Hills.
Antonio Ferro shot 97 and finished in fifth place as a result of a tiebreaker.
He was the Bobcats’ only golfer to break 100 in the tournament.
Also for BLHS, Caleb Johnson shot a 108, Austin Stueckeman shot a 109, Alexander Pedroza had a 111 and Neal Dickinson shot a 120.
“It was a little rough for the JV kids,” Courtney said. “They did okay, but there were better players there today. They shot what they have been shooting, but were not pleased with their scores. They didn’t come out with the best rounds that they thought they could have.”