Lower scores keep coming in golfers’ second season
A gorgeous day set the scene for a record-setting Tonganoxie High golf outing.
After often competing in overcast or windy conditions this season, the Chieftains went to work Saturday under sunny skies at the Osawatomie Invitational.
THS proceeded to card a new individual and team low-scores.
Freshman Cody Sims shot a 91, breaking Bryan Gurss' 92 last season. Tonganoxie coach Darren Neas said Sims actually scored an 89, but was given a two-stroke penalty.
"He was a little upset with that," Neas said.
The Chieftains finished with a 382, which also set a new record. The performance was a 20-stroke improvement from last season's meet in Osawatomie.
"I'm pleased," Neas said. "We're always pleased when we improve over the previous year and set new bests."
Scoring with Sims were Luke Brown at 94, Chase Nowak with a 98 and Mat Overbaugh with a 99.
The Chieftains lucked through with another ideal spring day Monday at the Louisburg Invitational. Tonganoxie placed 12th out of 14 teams, scoring 402 points. Anderson County won the meet with a 329 low score. Gardner-Edgerton and Ottawa tied for second with 330 apiece and Paola was fourth with a 340.
Sims was Tonganoxie's top golfer. The freshman shot a 92, while Luke Brown carded a 99. Zack Pistora shot a 104 and Overbaugh a 107 on the day. Paola's Anthony Onofrio won the tournament with a 76.
"Some of our kids who I expected better scores out of struggled a bit," Neas said. "But I was really pleased. They were upset and we went right to the range."
The Chieftains also competed Tuesday in the Atchison Invitational, but that meet finished after The Mirror's deadline.
Junior varsity finishes busy stretch
The junior varsity squad competed in three meets in six days, starting with the Blazer Invitational at Gardner-Edgerton April 15. On April 17, the team competed in the De Soto Invitational, while a league meet took place April 21 in Bonner Springs. The team finished its busy slate April 22 with the Immaculata Invitational.
"You schedule them when you can and sometimes that happens that way," THS coach Darren Neas said. "You take them as you can get them."
Tonganoxie finished fourth out of eight teams at the league meet Monday, while the Chieftains placed sixth out of nine teams Thursday.
In Bonner Springs, freshman Cody Sims was low scorer with a 99, while fellow freshman Adam Reetz carded a 106. Chase Nowak and Garret Kelly each scored 108s. Also competing were Zack Pistora (111) and Tyler Davidson (121).
Junior Joe Saheb scored the Chieftains' low score in De Soto with a 47 on the nine-hole course. Kelly scored a 52, Davidson a 54 and Nowak a 55. Andy Eisman also had a 55, while Zack Pistora shot a 64.
Neas added a dual match with Piper to the JV's schedule for Friday at Sunflower Hills in Bonner Springs.
The squad still has an extended layoff before the Ottawa Invitational on May 12 at the Ottawa Country Club.