Bonner Springs golfers keep it simple, show progress at Gardner-Edgerton
Gardner The Bonner Springs golf team is taking a “keep it simple” approach to this season under first-year coach Ryan Hull, and the strategy seems to be working so far.
The Braves have shown glimmers of optimism during their first three tournaments, and Hull said he sees signs that things are beginning to come together.
The latest of those signs came Monday at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational as Jonathan Price placed 14th individually and the Braves finished 11th as a team.
“It’s really encouraging,” Hull said. “I’ve basically got the upperclassmen — the senior and the two juniors — playing at the top. We’re basically trying to piece together where we want to be able to place four guys in tournaments. Right now we’re looking for the fourth, and we’ve got some really good competition for that spot from our freshmen and sophomores.
“We haven’t pieced it together yet, but I think we’ll get there.”
Bryce Fritz of Anderson County was the tournament champion with a 74. He led his team to a first-place finish with a 316. De Soto placed second with a 326 and Ottawa was third with a 329. Basehor-Linwood took ninth with a 351 and BSHS had a 353.
Bonner Springs’ Steven Walker narrowly missed medaling as he fired an 85. Logan Opat shot a 90 and Blake McMahon fired a 96. Shane Crosby (106) and Kaleb Kivett (119) rounded out the squad.
“The one thing we’re going to have to work on is consistency,” Hull said. “I think we’ve gotten a low-80 round, whether it be a nine-hole equivalent or an 18-hole, out of three different guys, so we’d like to be able to piece all of that together. The good thing is because it is early I think it can happen.”
Bobby Courtney continues to be the most consistent performer for Basehor-Linwood. Four days after placing first at the Bonner Springs Invitational nine-hole tournament with a 40, Courtney finished 17th at Gardner with an 18-hole round of 83. He shot a 39 on the front nine and had a 44 on the back side.
Nick Rhodes started slow with a 45 on the front side before finishing strong with a round of 85 for the Bobcats. Gabe Vlasic shot an 88 and Alec Otting had a 95 to round out Basehor’s first four. Also for BLHS, Aaron Williams shot a 102 and Caleb Johnson had a 104.
Both the Braves and Bobcats were back in action Wednesday at the Mill Valley Invitational at Prairie Highlands Golf Course. Results were unavailable at press time.