Yates headed to state golf tournament
It was a rough day on the course Monday for Tonganoxie High’s golf team, but freshman Colby Yates was able to qualify for state with a third-place finish at the Chieftains’ Class 4A regional in Olathe.
Yates finished third by shooting 80 at Heritage Park Golf Course. THS coach Jared Jackson said it was just another feat for the frosh, who has won four tournament titles this season.
“He finished behind two seniors that are both playing college golf next year so he has nothing to hang his head about,” Jackson said. “Colby's goal was to make it to state and he did that with four strokes to spare.”
THS was hoping to contend for one of the top two spots at the regional so it could send six golfers to state instead of one. Unfortunately, the Chieftains finished sixth in the regional standings while host DeSoto (353) and St. James Academy (360) qualified their teams for state.
Tonganoxie posted a 370 — its highest number of the season.
“Overall, the team was disappointed with their performance,” Jackson said. “The conditions were very tough with strong winds and really thick rough and we didn't adjust well enough.”
Justin Jacobs shot a 94 for THS, Dalton Lawson finished with 96, Tanner Hale scored 100, Mitch DeHoff posted a 102 and Preston Putthoff tallied 104 strokes.
“We had our chances, finishing 10 strokes out of the team qualification,” Jackson said. “Each kid felt like they could have played better.”
Yates will compete in the state tournament at El Dorado on May 26.
1. DeSoto, 353
2. St. James Academy, 360
3. Baldwin, 365
4. Santa Fe Trail, 366
5. Basehor-Linwood, 369
6. Tonganoxie, 370