Tonganoxie golfers set new school record
Tonganoxie High’s golfers continued their recent tear on the links by setting a new school record for a four-player team score with 327 at the Atchison Invitational on Tuesday.
The Chieftains had just shot a season low of 343 three days earlier at the Osawatomie Invitational but blew away that score while breaking the previous THS record by nine strokes.
“I was very happy with our play,” Tonganoxie coach Jared Jackson said. “We finally had great weather and we took advantage of it to shoot some low scores.”
Despite the great day, Tonganoxie finished second behind Kansas City Christian, whose golfers combined to shoot 310.
THS freshman Colby Yates led the way for the Chieftains with a 79, good enough for fifth among individuals at Atchison. Dalton Lawson finished 10th with an 80 and junior Justin Jacobs trailed the senior by a stroke with an 11th-place 81 — career-low rounds for both golfers. Mitch DeHoff shot an 87, Justin Soetaert scored an 89 and Tanner Hale finished with 91.
Jackson was excited about his team’s scores.
“For the tournament, we were the only six-man team to have everyone break 100 and Tanner was only a few shots from having everyone break 90,” Jackson pointed out.
The coach said ideal weather made the great scores possible for Tonganoxie at Atchison.
“With conditions like (Tuesday) I think we can continue to post those scores,” Jackson said. “The problem is that in Kansas those nice days don't come very often.”
But if the Chieftains do get some weather breaks and the golfers continue to break personal and school records, Tonganoxie could extend its season.
“If we can continue at this pace, we have a chance to compete at league and regionals,” Jackson said.
The Chieftains’ next tournament is Monday at Ottawa.