Atchison wins home golf regional; Chieftains finish inaugural season
The 2002 golf season is in the books.
Tonganoxie High School concluded its inaugural season of golf with a soggy day at a 4A golf regional in Atchison.
Mat Overbaugh and Thomas Gilner both shot 104s, leading the Chieftains at Bellevue Country Club.
Tonganoxie finished 10th in the 10-team tournament. Atchison won the regional, carding a 317. Piper was second with 349 and Lansing third at 351. Bryan Gurss was the No. 3 Chieftain with a 106.
THS coach Darren Neas said recent rainfall didn't help the course.
"It was a pretty rough day," Neas said. "A lot of the course was wet.
"All of the scores from all of the teams were inflated because of the conditions. But we trudged through it."
Tonganoxie endured the usual growing pains of a first-year program, but Neas hopes his team and he will improve because of the experience.
"Well, I'm not sure who learned the most actually, the kids or me," Neas said. "It was a good learning experience to see what it's all about.
"Hopefully they understand now it's like any other sport. You have to play as much as you can."
Tonganoxie is working to get local youth involved in the sport.
The Tong-anoxie Recrea-tion Commission is sponsoring a five-week clinic in early June at Sunflower Golf Course near Bonner Springs. The clinic, run by a professional from the course, will be open to children ages 8 to 15.
The Tong-anoxie Junior Golf Club is also available for students ages junior high through high school.
For $100, members can play throughout the summer at The Oaks in Leavenworth. Those interested in the club can call Neas at Tonganoxie Junior High: (913) 845-2627. Neas hopes the club and the Chieftains' new program will progress.
"I appreciate the hard work kids did getting us started on a good note," Neas said. "I look for nothing but improvement in years to come."