Basehor golfers finish ninth at Piper tourney
Basehor-Linwood golfer Samantha Espinoza finished just a couple strokes away from medaling at the Piper Invitational Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.
Espinoza shot a 59 on both the front and back portions of the course to finish with a 118. The highest score to medal was 114.
The Sunflower Hills course is very long, and it gave quite a few players trouble during the tournament. A majority of the scores were uncharacteristically high.
Espinoza drove the ball well off the tee and chipped on to the green with success throughout the tournament, but she struggled a little bit with her short game and lost a few strokes with her putting.
“We will work on that in practice,” coach Ben Chapman said. “An experience like today will reinforce what we have been working on in practice.”
Espinoza’s performance led the Bobcats to a ninth-place finish at the tournament, which featured 12 teams.
The Bobcats’ other scorers in the tournament were Marisa Dove with a 60 on the front and a 60 on the back for a 120; Nicole Vazquez with a 57 on the front and 63 on the back for a 120; and Rachel Van Fleet with a 71 on the front and 71 on the back for a 142.
“I think the girls see the importance of practice and where we need to work on our games,” Chapman said.
The team scores were Jefferson County West, 418; Council Grove, 457; Osage City, 462; Piper, 465; De Soto/Mill Valley, 470; Silver Lake, 479; Spring Hill, 494; St. James Academy, 499; Basehor-Linwood, 500; Perry 542; Santa Fe Trail, 552; Turner 632.
Stevi Long of Piper won the tournament with an 89.
For the Bobcats, it was their second tournament and first since Aug. 25. Basehor-Linwood was back in action Wednesday in the Perry-Lecompton Invitational at Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence. Scores were unavailable at press time.