Multi-sport athlete Courtney aims to lead BLHS to state golf
Bobby Courtney will split time between golf and track this season.
He is a top senior on both teams and is a consistent performer. Last year, he had a tremendous golf season but missed out on the state tournament. This season, he wants to take that next step.
“Bobby had a great season last year,” coach Bruce Courtney said. “He played well all year but fell short of his goal to return to state. I think this will give him a goal to shoot for this year and make him work harder and be more focused to achieve that goal.”
Bobby Courtney also has another goal — helping the entire Bobcats team qualify for the Class 4A state tournament. He is the team’s only senior, but juniors Gabe Vlasic and Nick Rhodes are also top returners on a team with 11 players.
Juniors Hunter Foster and Caleb Johnson and sophomore Antonio Ferro have played well early in the season. Freshman Alec Otting and Aaron Williams have played well in limited course time.
“We have a hard-working group of golfers who I think will become better as the season goes on,” coach Courtney said. “They all are focused on the same goals.”
Team goals are to be successful at every tournament, win the Kaw Valley League title and qualify for state.
In order to accomplish these goals, several things have to happen.
“We have to get consistent play out of our older kids,” Courtney said. “Also, we have a couple of young golfers who could develop into playing key roles on the team.”
The team hasn’t spent a lot of time on the course because of the weather, the end of the winter sports season and spring break contributing as factors limiting practice time.
“We have only been able to get out a few times, but the kids did a good job of playing on their own over spring break,” Courtney said. “Hopefully we’ll get better weather soon and be able to get out on a consistent basis.”
Basehor-Linwood opens the season at 3 p.m. today at the Bonner Springs Invitational at Sunflower Hills Golf Course.