Blackwood shows progress for BLHS golf at Hayden
The Basehor-Linwood boys golf team is taking the season day by day as coach Bruce Courtney works to mold a group of mostly inexperienced varsity players into a solid lineup.
The Bobcats finished ninth out of 12 teams Tuesday at the Hayden Invitational in Topeka, and they continued to work at whittling down their scores.
Gabe Vlasic led BLHS with an 86, and Brady Blackwood — a golf newcomer this season — followed with a 95.
“Brady has been getting better every day, and he had his best score in a tournament so far this year,” Courtney said. “This was only his fourth tournament he has ever been in, so I’m very excited to see (how he keeps) lowering his score as the season goes on.”
Also for BLHS, Alec Otting shot a 98, Caleb Johnson and Bret Fritz both shot 99s and Neal Dickinson had a 116.
There were numerous challenges at the tournament. Among them was the level of competition — Hayden, Piper and Tonganoxie were among the top teams in the field — as well as strong winds and temperatures that dropped into the 40s.
“Our kids were ready for the weather,” Courtney said, “but after three to four hours the cold starts to wear on you and I’m sure it had some effect on their scores.”
The Bobcats next play Saturday at the Osawatomie Invitational.