Sims nabs first at Sunflower Hills
On an ideal spring day, Tonganoxie opened its season in impressive fashion Saturday at Sunflower Hills Golf Course near Bonner Springs.
Tonganoxie senior Cody Sims placed first at the meet with a score of 82. The senior led Tonganoxie to a third-place finish with a 386.
Lansing won the meet with a 361, while Piper placed third with a 380.
"It's definitely a great start to the season," THS coach Steve Harrell said. "And the thing is, we were sandwiched in between Piper and Imac, but we felt like we could have been competitive for first place."
Immaculata also finished at 386, but Tonganoxie was awarded third because of a tiebreaker.
Tonganoxie golfed without seniors Zack Pistora and Garrett Kelly, who did not compete because of another school activity, Harrell said.
Sims finished four strokes ahead of Lansing's Maria Jackson for the individual title.
But as Harrell said, Sims wasn't completely satisfied with the finish.
"The thing with Cody, a lot of golfers are this way," Harrell explained, "they don't think about the good things they did, they think about the things that he could have done better."
Regardless, Harrell was pleased with how Sims performed.
"Any time you start your season with a first-place medal, that's a good way to start," Harrell said.
Chris Smith was Tonganoxie's No. 2 golfer. He shot a 95, good for 12th at the tournament. Also competing were Adam Reetz (99), Drew Scates (110) and A.J. Demaranville (120).
Finishing third at a tournament is a good way to start a season -- especially when it's against many of the teams the Chieftains will face in the Kaw Valley League.
The Chieftains were competitive with Lansing, Piper and Immaculata, all KVL opponents. THS finished ahead of Basehor-Linwood, Bishop Ward and Bonner Springs, teams also in the league.
Mill Valley and Perry-Lecompton were the only league schools not at the tournament, but Tonganoxie will see Mill Valley at the Lansing Invitational on Monday.
That bodes well for the team and its top golfer.
"In Cody's mind, he's looking at maybe being able to make a run at the league championship, so that's pretty cool."
The Lansing Invitational will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Leavenworth Country Club. The Chieftains again will take on several KVL opponents, along with Topeka-Hayden and Ottawa.
"Hayden's always a perennial 4A contender," Harrell said. "They just golf so well."
Hayden last won state in 2001.
The Chieftains also will compete this Thursday in a dual against Kansas City-Washington at Painted Hills Golf Course in Kansas City, Kan. Harrell said he plans to hold out his top golfers in that dual.
The junior varsity will have its first meets Tuesday at the Gardner-Edgerton Invitational. and Thursday at De Soto. Both begin at 3 p.m.
Sunflower Hills Invitational
1. Lansing 361
3. Tonganoxie 386
4. Immaculata 386
5. Basehor-Linwood 394
6. Bonner Springs 394
7. Bishop Ward 431
Individual THS scores
1. Cody Sims 82
2. Chris Smith 95
3. Adam Reetz 99
4. Drew Scates 110
5. A.J. Demaranville 120