Golfers struggle at meet
Hayden proved its worth as a perennial powerhouse Monday at the Lansing Invitational at the Leavenworth Country Club.
Hayden placed first with a 312 score, 26 strokes ahead of second-place Lansing.
Tonganoxie, meanwhile, finished seventh at the meet with a 376 after placing second nearly a week before at Sunflower Hills.
"Hayden's very impressive," THS assistant coach Jon Jacques said. "They're solid one through six."
As for Tonganoxie, Jacques said his golfers had hoped for better scores after having a practice round at the course earlier in the week.
"We were disappointed in the sense that we went over there and had a practice round and had high expectations," Jacques said. "We had a little momentum going into it.
"We were disappointed in the outcome. It didn't seem like we could put two nines together."
By two nines, Jacques meant the first and second halves of the 18-hole tournament.
Cody Sims again was Tonganoxie's top golfer. The senior finished with an 88, good for 16th place at the meet. Fellow seniors Garrett Kelly and Zack Pistora competed in their first meet of the year.
Kelly shot a 94, while Pistora scored a 97. Adam Reetz also had a 97, while Chris Smith shot a 101 and Matthew Williams a 107.
Hayden's Riley Piles and Bonner Springs' Cody Wallace shot low score with 76. Lansing's Maria Jackson was close behind with a 78. Hayden's Brett Koehn also shot a 78.
Tonganoxie will be back in action at the varsity level April 22 when the Chieftains travel to Osawatomie.
"That's definitely a course we can do well on," Jacques said. "Everybody that's going has played it before, so it's not new to them. Hopefully we can get our games back."
1. Topeka Hayden, 312; 2. Lansing, 338; 3. Mill Valley, 340; 4. Ottawa, 346; 5. Bonner Springs, 350; 6. Immaculata, 363; 7. Tonganoxie, 376; 8. Basehor-Linwood, 376; 9. Piper, 381; 10. De Soto, 382.
Individual THS scores
Out In Total
Cody Sims 46 42 88
Garrett Kelly 46 48 94
Zack Pistora 52 45 97
Adam Reetz 47 50 97
Chris Smith 51 50 101
Matthew Williams 49 58 107