Lee’s Summit North coach Kevin Harrison coaxed Ryan Franks to the 18th hole at Drumm Farm Golf Club Thursday afternoon after the steady sophomore became the lone area medalist in the Independence Invitational.
He clicked a photo to post on social media, shook the youngster’s hand and grinned.
“Not much gets Ryan excited,” said Harrison, as the youngster wore the same emotionless expression throughout the medal ceremony. “There are times out on the course we have to check his pulse to make sure he’s still breathing.”
But that type of composure played a big role in Franks’ day as he finished with an 81 and earned a medal in just his second varsity golf tournament. He was 14th overall and led the Broncos to a 345 team score to finish seventh. Ryan Franks shot 81, Kohlin Hicks 82 and Brock Witmer 84 for the Broncos.
“I’ve played for seven years and I play a lot on this course,” Franks said. “I really like golf; it gives me something to do.”
When asked about claiming a medal, he simply said, “I’m happy. It’s better than not getting a medal.”
Co-hosts Joey Penner, the Truman golf coach, and William Chrisman’s John Beaman, were thrilled with the weather and the overall tournament play.
“We were supposed to play Monday and got rained out,” Penner said after his team finished 16th (440), “and today, the weather was beautiful. The perfect day for the tournament to be rescheduled. We had a few teams drop out because we had to reschedule, but the teams that were here really enjoyed it.”
Added Beaman, whose team finished 12th (400): “It was a great day. We didn’t have any medal winners (at Chrisman), but we had some boys shoot some of their lowest scores.”
Liberty won with a team score of 323, followed by Rockhurst and St. Joseph Central at 330.
Liberty North’s Daniel Duffin won a scorecard playoff to claim medalist honors. He tied teammate Tanner Collins with a 74.
Blue Springs South (349) finished ninth. Mile Buttress and Grant Williams each shot 85 to lead the Jaguars. Grant Wall shot 89, Dylan Boyer 90 and Grant Buccero 92.
Fort Osage (412) finished 13th, led by Jayden Richardson (96) and Justice Fluty (102).
Eli Martin shot 89 and Alec McFarland posted a 91 to pace Chrisman. Damon Freers shot 104 and Ethan Bradshaw 108 to lead Truman.