Archive for Thursday, April 29, 2010

Williams shows improvement, bolsters BLHS golf squad

April 29, 2010

Aaron Williams is getting more comfortable on the golf course this season and the Basehor-Linwood boys golf team is benefitting from it.

The BLHS freshman is emerging as one of the team’s best players this season. He shot an 85 on Saturday at the Osawatomie Invitational, posting the Bobcats’ lowest score and the 11th-best mark at the tournament.

While he didn’t crack the top 10 and earn a medal, Williams’ performance is a positive step for the team.

“Aaron played well and was real consistent,” coach Bruce Courtney said. “He found his groove early in the round and played well the rest of the day. I was pleased with how he played.”

Williams is getting better at driving, chipping and putting. He is combining all three facets of the game while growing more comfortable during his first season of high school golf.

“He has learned what tournaments are about,” Courtney said. “He has a good swing and will only get better as he gets more comfortable.”

In addition to Williams, Bobby Courtney finished one stroke behind Williams with an 86.

“I think Bobby played well, but he is disappointed that he has not taken that next step toward lower numbers,” coach Courtney said.

Bobby Courtney also is competing for the BLHS track and field team, so he is juggling practice and competition time for both sports. He practices track in the morning and golf after school. He has put extra time in to practice golf as necessary, playing on weekends and getting in additional rounds during the week.

Competing in both sports can be a challenge, but it is one that Bobby Courtney hopes will continue until the end of May. He hopes to qualify for state in both sports.

Rounding out the lineup for Basehor-Linwood at Osawatomie were Gabe Vlasic with a 90, Alec Otting with a 96 and Caleb Johnson with a 103.

Basehor-Linwood competes in a tournament today at Atchison.

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