Archive for Monday, May 7, 2012

THS golf takes second in Junction City

May 7, 2012

Throughout the 2012 season, consistency and improvement have been two of the top priorities for the Tonganoxie High golf team.

The Chieftains kept their priorities in order last week as they carded a second-place finish on May 3 at the Junction City Invitational. They finished with a team score of 310 at Rolling Meadows Golf Course.

"We are a more consistent team at this point than last year," coach Jared Jackson said. "Our players have been real consistent over the last few tournaments, and that's what it will take at league, regionals and hopefully state."

THS finished two strokes behind tournament champion Topeka-Seaman, but edged out Class 6A opponents Manhattan (311) and Washburn Rural (312).

Once again, senior Colby Yates led the charge in the individual ranks. The Missouri-St. Louis signee finished second overall with a 73.

"Colby is a veteran," Jackson said. "He has played for four years now and understands peaking at the right moment. He has played at a high level for the last few weeks, but we will see even more increased focus in the next three weeks."

Yates was one of three Chieftains to score less than 80. Others were senior Tanner Hale (78) and junior Aaron Williams (79). Senior Kody Campbell and sophomore Drew Sandburg each finished at 80 even and junior Tyler Hall finished with an 85.

The Chieftains will return to competition Thursday when they head to Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence for the Kaw Valley League meet.

"At this point in the season, very little can be done from a technical standpoint," Jackson said. "Most of our focus will be on the mental preparation required to compete at a top level. We have gotten better each day for the last three weeks and we need to continue to have that daily attitude."

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