McClain leads BSHS golfers to 4th at Blazer Invitational
The talent pool was deep Thursday, April 7, at the Gardner-Edgerton Blazer Invitational, but the Bonner Springs boys golf team held up just fine.
The Braves fired a team score of 339 and placed fourth, two strokes out of the top three. Ottawa won the team title with 322, Piper was second with 332 and Spring Hill took third with 337 at the 12-team tournament.
Ottawa's Clinton Moore was the individual champion with a 76, three strokes ahead of the runner-up.
Bonner Springs' Marc McClain was among the top golfers in the tournament. He fired a 42 on the front nine and heated up with a 38 on the back nine for a round of 80, good for sixth place and one stroke out of joining the three-way tiebreaker for second.
It wasn't a one-man show for the Braves, however. They had numerous players turn in solid performances. Jonathan price had a 43 on the front side and a 39 on the back for an 82, good enough for 12th place. Logan Opat fired an 86 and placed 21st.
Also for BSHS, Jason VanMaren fired a 91, and Jake Laing and Kaleb Kiveit both shot 103.
Basehor-Linwood finished ninth as a team at the Blazer Invitational, but one Bobcat had a particularly strong showing.
Gabe Vlasic turned in his best performance of the season as he placed 13th individually with an 82. Vlasic shot a 40 on the front nine and a 42 on the back.
Also for Basehor-Linwood, Alec Otting shot 90, Bret Fritz had a 91, Caleb Johnson shot 98, Brady Blackwood had a 105 and Neal Dickinson had a 107.
MCCLAIN MEDALS AT LANSING
The Bonner Springs golf team struggled Monday at the Lansing Invitational and finished fifth out of nine teams, but the Braves managed one major highlight. Marc McClain shot an 80 and placed sixth individually.
Also for the Braves, Jonathan Price shot an 89, Logan Opat had a 94 and Jason VanMaren fired a 98.
Basehor-Linwood placed sixth as a team, and Gabe Vlasic had a strong showing despite missing out on medalist honors by three strokes with an 84. Alec Otting shot 92, Bret Fritz fired a 93 and Caleb Johnson had a 99 for the Bobcats.
Topeka Hayden won the tournament with a 318, and Hayden’s Kurt Walker was the individual champion with a 74. Tonganoxie finished second and Piper was third.