THS golf 3rd at weather-shortened tourney
Ozawkie Weather shortened the Tonganoxie High golf team's Thursday afternoon at the Perry-Lecompton Invitational, where the Chieftains finished third in the team standings.
A thunderstorm rolled through Lake Perry Country Club before some golfers had a chance to complete their first hole and an hour and a half delay led to a nine-hole tournament.
THS finished seven strokes behind tournament champion Jeff West and just four shots behind runner-up De Soto, but coach Jared Jackson said the team was hoping for a better performance and the rain-soaked course proved difficult for the Chieftains.
"We played OK, but the kids felt they should have scored better," Jackson said. "We had some trouble adjusting to the slower speed of the greens."
Junior Colby Yates led Tonganoxie with a nine-hole score of 37, which was good enough for fourth place in the individual standings.
Kody Campbell, meanwhile, was just one stroke behind Yates at 38 and finished seventh. Jackson said the junior is starting to play better golf and Campbell was hitting the ball more consistently at practice the day before the tournament.
"I expected him to play well (Thursday) and he did," Jackson said. "Last year Kody was a big part of our regional score and we now are seeing improved play from him. It sure helps to have a five man come in with such a good score."
At 1 p.m. Monday, THS will tee off at the Kaw Valley League Tournament at Sunflower Hills Golf Course in Bonner Springs.
Thursday at Lake Perry Country Club (9 holes)
Top 3 teams: 1. Jeff West, 149; 2. De Soto, 152; 3. Tonganoxie, 156.
THS results: 4. Colby Yates, 37; 7. Kody Campbell, 38; Tanner Hale, 40; Aaron Williams, 41; Drew Sandburg, 42; Tyler Hall, 45.