BLHS golfers break out at Ottawa
On a picturesque day for golf on Monday, Basehor-Linwood turned in its best performance of the season at the Ottawa Invitational.
Cold temperatures, rain and windy conditions have plagued the Bobcats for much of the season, but they responded positively to the warm temperatures and calm conditions.
“This was the first time weather wasn’t an issue as it was a perfect day to play,” coach Bruce Courtney said.
While no player medaled in the tournament, Basehor-Linwood had four players record scores in the 80s. Bobby Courtney and Gabe Vlasic each shot 83 to finish in 20th and 21st place, respectively.
“Both of them played well, but both felt they could have easily scored much lower,” Courtney said.
Neither golfer medaled in the tournament as 81 was the lowest score to medal.
The top three placers in the tournament shot 77 with Colby Yates of Tonganoxie winning on a tiebreaker.
Anderson County won the team title, Ottawa placed second and Piper was third. Tonganoxie finished in fourth and Basehor-Linwood was fifth.
For the Bobcats, Alec Otting shot an 84 — his best round of the year, Courtney said. He finished in 22nd place.
Aaron Williams shot 86 to finish 26th. Nick Rhodes shot 90 and Caleb Johnson shot 96.
Courtney said the golfers are improving at the right time.
“The team is starting to see all of their work pay off with improvements in their scores, and they are excited and ready to work hard and try to peak for the Kaw Valley League and regional tournament,” he said.
VLASIC LEADS ’CATS AT ATCHISON
Basehor-Linwood golfer Gabe Vlasic earned his first medal of the season last week in the Atchison Invitational.
He shot 83 and finished in ninth place, and coach Bruce Courtney said the success is well deserved.
“Gabe has been working real hard, and he has been on the verge of placing a couple of times,” Courtney said. “He was real excited about what he did Thursday. I was pleased to see him have that work he has put in pay off.”
Vlasic played well on a day when a lot of players struggled with a headwind that knocked down tee shots and exaggerated mistakes. Shots that would have been minimally sliced instead hooked far off course.
In addition to Vlasic, Nick Rhodes also shot 89. He broke 90 for the first time this season.
Other golfers did not fare so well with the windy conditions. Aaron Williams shot 99, Alec Otting shot 108, Caleb Johnson finished with a 102 and Neil Dickinson shot 104. The Bobcats were without Bobby Courtney, who missed the tournament for a track meet.
“Most of these guys haven’t played a lot in heavy wind,” coach Courtney said. “Most of the time when they play out of season if it is really windy they don’t go out and play, so it is hard to simulate those conditions.”