BLHS golfers Vasquez, Dove qualify for state tourney
The Basehor-Linwood girls golf team entered the season low on numbers and experience but high on potential.
The big payoff came on a frigid Tuesday at the Class 4A regional tournament at Village Greens Golf Course in Ozawkie when two Bobcats qualified for the state championships.
The top three teams — Hayden, Jefferson West and Silver Lake — qualified full squads. BLHS finished sixth. Nicole Vasquez and Marissa Dove both were among the top five finishers from non-qualifying teams, however, and secured individual state berths. Teammate Rachel Van Fleet missed qualifying by a few strokes. Samantha Espinoza finished further back in the pack.
“Our girls went out and played in some very tough conditions against some very tough competition,” BLHS coach Ben Chapman said. “Nicole shot a 107, Marissa a 110, Rachel a 116. Nicole and Marissa are going to state, and Rachel set a personal record and beat her best 18-hole score this season by 20 strokes!”
Vasquez and Dove will compete at state on Monday at Highlands Country Club in Hutchinson. Chapman said both players were instantly curious about what to expect at state.
“I told them it’s not that much different than regionals with regards to format,” he said. “They may have a few more people following their group out on the course, but format-wise, the rules are the same.”
The Bobcats began the season with goals of having fun, staying positive and striving to improve each day. Chapman praised his team for working hard this year and achieving those goals.
“I think this is a testament to that,” he said. “We’re looking forward to the state experience. These girls are sophomores, and (they) were not at the high school the last time we had a golfer from the girls team qualify for state. They are experiencing this for the first time … and that’s exciting.”