Archive for Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Davidson sinks hole-in-one

April 10, 2002

Some records weren't difficult for Tonganoxie High School's golf team to attain.

One, however, wasn't so easy.

The Chieftains made their way into record books by stepping on the greens in the Sunflower Classic on Saturday. It marked the program's first competition, as THS opened its inaugural season this spring.

Then, on an extremely soggy Monday at the Leavenworth Country Club, sophomore Tyler Davidson recorded Tonganoxie's first hole-in-one.

The shot came on the 15th Hole, par 3, 142 yards.

"It was pretty exciting," Davidson said. "I've come close before, but it was pretty surprising when it went in."

Davidson, who has golfed for about four years, said he was a little less reserved than THS coach Darren Neas.

"I kind of had quiet excitement, but my coach kind of flipped out and was really excited."

Neas was pleased with the rare achievement.

"I haven't been coaching high school golf that long," Neas said. "But in all my college competition, I've never seen one."

Davidson finished the meet with a 124.

The Lansing Invitational on Monday was the only athletic event not postponed in the area on Monday. While some golfers withdrew to get out of the constant rain, the Chieftains finished their 18 holes.

"I give them credit," Neas said. "They plugged away."

On Saturday, the Chieftains finished 10th out of 11 teams in their first meet. Neas said the first competition was good experience.

"I don't think it hit them until we were in the van," Neas said about the trip to Sunflower Hills. "There wasn't a lot of talking."

Bryan Gurss led Tonganoxie with a low score of 108 at Sunflower Hills. Thomas Gilner was second for THS with a 110. Teams consist of six golfers and the top four scores reflect the team's score. The Chieftains shot 464 at Sunflower, while invitational winner Bonner Springs shot 324. At the Lansing tournament, Chad Turner shot Tonganoxie's low score with an 86. THS will compete Thursday at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Quadrangular at Tomahawk.

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