Late rally not enough for Bobcats’ Douglas
Chris Douglas shot an 81 and just missed out on a medal at the Class 4A boys golf state tournament on Tuesday at Prairie Trails Country Club in El Dorado.
He struggled on the course for the first four holes of the tournament. While he played the holes O.K., he hit into bad lies on the hole. As a result, he was forced to hit his way out of the situations and then attempt to salvage a decent score on the hole.
“He had some bad breaks, and he had some bad lies on the hole, and it was no fault of his own,” BLHS coach Bruce Courtney said. “He played through those.”
Following a rough start in the tournament, Douglas’ play improved. He scored pars on a couple holes and narrowly missed birdies on a few others, thwarting a strong comeback bid.
“He missed a few birdies by less than an inch. Those would have dropped three strokes pretty easily,” Courtney said.
If Douglas had converted a couple of those shots, he might have finished with a 79 in the tournament, which was good enough for a medal in the tournament.
Myles Miller of Wellington, a sophomore, shot a 67 to win the individual championship. Par on the course was 71. Andover won the team portion of the tournament with a four-player score of 319. Chanute and Topeka-Hayden each shot 322, but Chanute was awarded second place via a tiebreaker. Rounding out the team places were Fort Scott, 324; Buhler, 327; Jefferson West, 335; Hesston, 335; Paola, 338; Ulysses, 344; St. James Academy, 350; De Soto, 351; and Independence 362.
While Douglas missed out on a medal in the tournament, Courtney said Douglas played quality golf in the tournament.
“It was a good round,” he said. “I know he wishes he could replay those three holes. He had played them well in practice, but sometimes that happens. He played real well. I was proud of the way he hung in, battled back and finished strong. He showed that he is a really good player.”
The tournament concludes Douglas’ high school career. He plans to play golf in college at Ottawa University next year.
“He is ready to move on, but he enjoyed his high school career,” Courtney said. “It all came at the right time. I think he is excited about college and that next adventure. It is all coming together at the right time for him. Chris is a fun kid to be around. He plays golf that way too. He will be missed in the program.”
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