BLHS golfers Dove, Vasquez qualify for state
Fresh off of a strong showing at its home invitational on Thursday, the Basehor-Linwood girls golf team hoped to carry that momentum into Tuesday’s Class 4A regional tournament at Village Greens Golf Course in Ozawkie.
The Bobcats found themselves in a tournament field stocked with talented players, and they ended up finishing fourth as a team — one spot away from a state berth.
“We had our eyes set on getting to state as a full team, but we fell one spot short,” BLHS coach Noah Simpson said. “But I was very pleased with the fact that the girls competed well and we’re sending two girls to state.”
Jefferson County West rolled to the regional title on its home course with a four-player score of 366. Topeka Hayden — the defending state champion — was second with 402 and De Soto claimed the final team spot at state with a 435. BLHS fired a 465.
Hayden’s Brooke LaRue, who won the Basehor-Linwood Invitational on Thursday, was the regional champion with a 77 and had a 10-stroke cushion over runner-up Abbie Thelen of Jeff West.
Individually, Basehor-Linwood’s Marissa Dove shot a 110 and Nicole Vasquez shot a 112 and qualified individually for state.
“I’m very proud of the two going to state,” Simpson said. “This is two years in a row for Nicole and Marissa.”
Rachel VanFleet narrowly missed qualifying for state with a 114.
Overall, Simpson said he was proud of his entire team for having a solid season, and he noted that all of his players will be back next season.
“I’m extremely proud of this group,” he said. “I thought they competed well all year — and today — and to be in the mix to go to state is exactly what we wanted this year. We have no seniors, which makes for a pretty nice setup for next year. We definitely have some goals in mind to get to state (as a team).”
Before focusing on next year, however, Dove and Vasquez have work left to do. The state tournament will take place Monday at Cherry Oaks Golf Course in Cheney. They will head to Cheney on Sunday and shoot a practice round with Piper’s Stevie Long — the Pirates’ lone individual qualifier.
“We’ve had a great year, and I’m looking forward to a few more days of practice and then going down there and really enjoying the state tournament,” Simpson said. “I’m excited for them to take it all in and really enjoy the experience they’re going to get.”
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