A focus point in practice last week paid big dividends Monday for the Lee’s Summit North boys golf team.
With wind gusts whipping all day around Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake, the Broncos’ top four golfers totaled 334 for second place at the 19-team Klint Andrews Memorial Tournament.
Rockhurst’s Blue team had three of the top seven golfers, including the two best scores from Peter Dierks (76) and Andrew Knopke (77) and won the team title with 316. Keaton Black and Ian Mathewson fired twin 80s to lead North, with Parker Davis carding 84, Brett Scott 90 and Cole Ashby 92.
Blue Springs South was seventh at 353, led by 85s from Kyle Barbee and Ryan Drake. Bryan Hanneman tallied 91 and Jack Steinbeck 92.
“We had a pretty good day today,” North coach Kevin Harrison said, adding that playing on the Broncos’ home course provided a little edge on a day with challenging conditions. “We’ve played in the wind all spring, so this is nothing new. At least today we didn’t have to deal with the cold.
“We worked last week on trying to hit low shots and knockdowns. That’s spring golf in Missouri; it’s a rarity that you play on a calm day.”
Black said he thought he handled the knockdowns and low-trajectory shots well.
“Pretty brutal,” he said of the wind. “My iron game was really good; I hit the ball solid. Control was the main factor.”
Added Mathewson: “I had a few punches off the tee.”
In addition to the tee box, Mathewson said the wind had biggest effect on the greens.
“I had a couple kids in my group where the ball stopped, then moved a couple seconds later (from a wind gust),” he said.
Barbee recalled a similar adventure of his own, as he picked up his marker after placing his ball back on a green, then watched the ball back 5 feet from the hole as he took a practice stroke.
“It’s one of the windiest tournaments I’ve ever played in,” he said. “I think it wears me out. You’ve got to hit knockdown shots and be able to get up and down from anywhere.”
Blue Springs finished 10th with 376. Steven Shaw, Brian Armstrong and Devin Hyman each carded 93 for the Wildcats, and Jackson Koenig added a 97.
Truman was 14th (395) and Fort Osage 18th (417). Spencer Jones (87) and Dane Garcia (97) led Truman, while Micah Lewis (98), Sam Morgan (102) and Cody Ball (102) had the best rounds for the Indians.