Basehor-Linwood freshman Williams qualifies for 4A state golf tournment
Aaron Williams has qualified to compete in the Class 4A state golf tournament at Hesston on Monday.
Williams, a freshman for Basehor-Linwood, said it is an amazing feeling to qualify for state in his first high school golf season.
Throughout the season coach Bruce Courtney has seen the potential in Williams, telling him that he would play in a state tournament at least one year during high school.
“We were talking throughout the year, and I told him ‘you’re going to have four regional tournaments to get to play in, and I promise you (sometime you will) get to go to the big tournament,” Courtney said. “Today I said, ‘you never know, it could be today.’”
Yes, things got a little more concrete for Williams during the regional tournament Monday in Hiawatha. He accepted the challenge and figured “why wait?”
Throughout the tournament, he played composed golf. When a shot trailed off the fairway or he landed in a rough spot, he kept playing. He stayed focused and composed, not trying to do more than just take what the course would offer.
As a result, he shot an 84 to qualify for state during a tournament where so many other golfers took themselves out of the running by making mistakes and recording high scores on multiple holes in a row.
Williams was the only Basehor-Linwood golfer who never wavered on Monday.
Entering the final two holes, he needed to make a pair of pars to guarantee himself a state berth. He recorded par on the first hole and then bogeyed the final hole. The score ultimately held up, though, as Williams finished in a three-way tie for fifth place. All of those golfers qualified for state.
The top five individuals from the non-qualifying teams all qualify for state, and Williams said it is a nice reward for his season.
“Yeah, it surprised me,” he said. “I didn’t think I was going to make it. It is awesome to be going, especially as a freshman.”
Williams has developed as a golfer throughout the year, and this experience should only help him in the future, Courtney said.
“He has come a long way and gotten better and better,” Courtney said. “He is just more consistent on the golf course, and he is playing very solid golf.”
Williams was the only Basehor-Linwood golfer to qualify for state. Most of the team’s other golfers performed better in their practice rounds on Sunday than they did in the regional on Monday.
“It is kind of frustrating when that happens,” Courtney said. “It shows you can do it, but it doesn’t always work that way.
St. James Academy won the tournament and Tonganoxie finished in second place.
The Bobcats’ other individual scores were not available at press time.