Tonganoxie golfers 2nd at Atchison
The Tonganoxie High golf team earned its third straight second-place finish at the Atchison Invitation on Thursday.
On a windy afternoon, which led to higher scores than expected for everyone competing, the Chieftains’ team score of 334 was 11 strokes behind champion Kansas City Christian.
THS sophomore Colby Yates shot 81 to earn sixth place in the individual standings. Senior Justin Jacobs also placed, finishing 10th with a score of 84.
Tonganoxie coach Jared Jackson said his team had to make adjustments at Atchison.
“Our kids did a good job fighting through the conditions and bringing in quality scores,” Jackson said. “The greens were quite a bit faster than what we practice on and that seemed to effect some of the kids’ putting.”
Mitch DeHoff (84) and Tanner Hale (85) also kept their scores in the 80s.
With only two regular-season tournaments left on the schedule before the May 10 Kaw Valley League tourney and a May 17 Class 4A regional at Hiawatha, Jackson said the next week will be critical to the Chieftains’ postseason success.
“It is getting to that time of year where we need to fine-tune our games and prepare ourselves to play our best over the next few weeks,” the coach said.
On Monday, THS travels to the Ottawa Invitational. Then on Thursday, the regular season wraps up at Perry-Lecompton.
This season, Tonganoxie has won one tournament, placed third at another and finished second on three occasions.
Team scores: 1. Kansas City Christian, 323; 2. Tonganoxie, 334; 3. Piper, 338.
THS individuals: 6. Colby Yates, 81; 10. Justin Jacobs, 84; Mitch DeHoff, 84; Tanner Hale, 85; Kody Campbell, 97; Eric Laboyteaux, 98.