Douglas is lone Bobcat golfer to qualify for state
After a year off, Chris Douglas is heading back to state.
Douglas, who qualified for state as a sophomore, will conclude his senior season and high school golf career playing in the Class 4A state tournament in El Dorado on May 26, which is the day after Memorial Day.
Douglas placed second at the Class 4A regional tournament on Monday.
He was tied for first place at the end of regulation, and in a one-hole playoff, he lost by two strokes to Mason Dick of Baldwin.
Douglas finished the tournament with a 78.
He played quality golf throughout the tournament in spite of the wind, high rough and overall tough conditions at Heritage Park Golf Course in Olathe.
“He handled the elements as well as you can,” coach Bruce Courtney said. “Probably from the experience he has of playing so much. He had a great attitude toward the game.”
Douglas, who went to state two years ago, said he is excited to be going back as a senior and wants to perform well in his final prep tournament.
He plans to play golf in college at Ottawa University.
While Douglas will be playing at state, other golfers missed out on a trip this season.
Bobby Courtney finished second among Bobcats golfers with a 92, and failed to qualify for state. Courtney struggled with consistency during the tournament. He would play really well on one hole and then struggle on the next, coach Courtney said.
“He had some unlucky bounces during the tournament,” he said.
Jake Hattock finished third among Basehor-Linwood golfers with a 94. Hattock, Douglas and Courtney also were the first golfers to finish the tournament. From there, it became a numbers game as the trio of golfers and coach Courtney waited for the rest of the players to finish their round.
Cell phones were put to use as calculators. Golfers became number crunchers.
For a while, Basehor-Linwood golfers appeared to be going to state if one of the team’s remaining golfers could manage to shoot a 95.
As they entered the clubhouse, none of them turned in the magic score needed to qualify for state.
“There was a point when we knew that we were not going, but there was a while where it was pretty exciting,” coach Courtney said.
Nick Rhodes shot a 105, Gabe Vlasic fired a 108 and Tun De Jong shot 115 to round out the BLHS scores.
De Soto won the team championship with a four-player score of 353. St. James Academy was second with a 360. Baldwin finished third with a 365, one stroke better than Santa Fe Trail and four better than BLHS.