Vlasic has breakout round for Bobcats at Atchison
Gabe Vlasic has been a tireless worker for the Basehor-Linwood boys golf team this season, and he is showing signs of peaking at the right time.
Vlasic shot a 78 and finished in fourth place at the Atchison Invitational, earning a medal. Vlasic played his best round of the season with all aspects of his game functioning well at once.
“It was his best outing of the year so far, and we are very excited about that,” coach Bruce Courtney said. “Gabe has been working hard on his own putting in the extra time. He plays every chance he can get on weekends. He has worked hard to get better each week. He has been improving on his swing.”
Vlasic has been a consistent leader for the team this season along with Caleb Johnson and Brady Blackwood. Vlasic has been the team’s top golfer due to his understanding of tournament golf.
“He has a great mentality about playing golf, managing the course, playing the course and not getting caught up with everyone else,” Courtney said. “This year he is going out and playing for the second and third time on some of these courses. He has the yardages down and knows what club to select. That experience has helped out in his scores. He has done a good job with that, and his work ethic is tremendous.”
Vlasic’s play led the Bobcats to a seventh-place finish out of 14 schools.
In addition to Vlasic, Alec Ottig and Caleb Johnson finished with a 95. Brett Fritz shot 98, Brady Blackwood shot a 97 and Neal Dickenson finished with a 108 in the tournament. Players battled windy conditions throughout day.
“They had to take the wind into account on all shots,” Courtney said. “They were playing either with the wind, or against a cross wind. It can be tricky to play the wind if you don’t think of that before you hit.”
Basehor-Linwood plays in the Perry-Lecompton tournament today at Lake Perry. In addition, the Bobcats will play in the Kaw Valley League meet Monday at Sunflower Hills.
The Class 4A regional tournament is May 16 at Dubbs Dredd Golf Course in Kansas City, Kan.
The team is focused on qualifying for state at regionals and knows it will need to improve.
“We need to drop some scores,” Courtney said. “I think we have people capable of lower scores and if that happens, you do not know what can happen. We will see what happens. I know they will work as hard as they can and try as hard they can. That is the type of group that they are.”