Chieftains successful in return to course
THS 2nd in 20-team Osawatomie field
The Tonganoxie High golf team, after a 12-day layoff in the schedule, returned to the course in top form Saturday by taking second place at Osawatomie.
The Chieftains posted a score of 322 to finish behind only Kansas City Christian in the 20-team field.
THS sophomore Colby Yates found himself in second place among individuals, too, after firing a 69 — his best score of the season.
Tonganoxie golf coach Jared Jackson said Yates played extremely well and the sophomore’s Saturday score, which was better than 113 other golfers at the tourney, marked the first time in his career that he shot under par in a competitive round.
“He has really been working on his short game and it came through for him,” Jackson said. “Colby is one of the most consistent ball strikers in the state and when his putting in on, he will be challenging par every time.”
Yates wasn’t the only Chieftain to place at Osawatomie. Senior Justin Jacobs finished 13th with a score of 81.
“Justin continues to be consistently around 80 over the last 3 weeks and I expect to see him in the 70s in the near future,” Jackson predicted.
The coach also complimented Tanner Hale, whose 84 was the third best score on the team.
“He has been really fighting his swing this last week,” Jackson said, “and he took a little extra range time on Friday and seemed to get things squared away enough to bring in a nice team score.”
Jackson also noted Kody Campbell’s 88 was his best score of the year and an example of his continued growth.
“He is really striking the ball well right now,” the coach said.
Tonganoxie’s next tournament is Thursday at Atchison.
Team scores: 1. Kansas City Christian, 306; 2. Tonganoxie, 322; 3. Christ Prep, 323.
THS individuals: 2. Colby Yates, 69; 13. Justin Jacobs, 81; Tanner Hale, 84; Kody Campbell, 88; Mitch DeHoff, 91; Eric Laboyteaux, 92.