BLHS golfers gear up for regionals
The home stretch is rapidly approaching for the Basehor-Linwood girls golf team.
The Class 4A regional tournament takes place Tuesday at Village Greens Golf Course in Meriden, with the top three teams and a handful of other individuals qualifying for state.
For the Bobcats, improvement will be the goal, and a state berth would be icing on the cake.
“I would just like to see my girls improve,” BLHS coach Ben Chapman said. “If they can set personal records and shoot some of their best golf, we may have a chance to get someone qualified for state.
“We are reaching some of our goals we set at the beginning of the season, namely going out and improving our game. Our girls have improved and are more competitive at this point than they were at the beginning of the season, and I think they are having a good time in the process. That’s what I’m looking for.”
The Bobcats will have one final tune-up for regionals at 1 p.m. today when they play host to the Basehor-Linwood Invitational at Falcon Lakes Golf Course.
“Right now, I’m hoping for a chance in the forecast,” Chapman said. “It’s looking like rain … and a lot of it.”
Chapman said he hoped the weather holds off because good competition is scheduled to come to the tournament. Turner, Santa Fe Trail, Piper, Gardner-Edgerton, Mill Valley-De Soto and Topeka Hayden will be in attendance, as will the junior varsity squads from Olathe Northwest and St. Thomas Aquinas.
“Falcon Lakes is a nice and tough course. It’s great preparation for regionals, and we’re expecting this tournament to grow over the next few years,” Chapman said.
The Bobcats enter the home tournament with a bit of momentum. They turned in a strong performance on Tuesday at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational at Gardner Public Golf Course.
The tournament took on a two-player scramble format. Marissa Dove and Nicole Vasquez teamed up, as did Samantha Espinoza and Rachel Van Fleet.
Espinoza and Van Fleet fired a 46 and missed medaling by just two strokes.
“They were close, and I think they (are) beginning to see the potential they have,” Chapman said. “All the girls on the team are sophomores this year, and (they) have two more years of golf to play.”
Dove and Vasquez shot a 52.
Nicole Vasquez fired a 58 and placed 13th overall on Sept. 29 at the Santa Fe Trail Invitational. It was her first medal of the season.