It was cold and wet and the wind was whipping around the Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake at a brisk 25 mph.
And Michael Worth didn’t pay a bit of attention to any of those distractions Monday.
The Lee’s Summit North senior was determined to medal in the 18th annual Klint Andrews Memorial Golf Tournament, which honors the life of the former Broncos golfer who died in an automobile accident Dec. 31, 1999.
“I know how much this means to Coach (Kevin) Harris and the Andrews family, and I just made up my mind that I wasn’t going to think about the weather and I was going to go out and play my game,” Worth said. “And I hoped it would be good enough to medal.”
It was – as he shot an 80 to finish in 10th place. Worth was the lone area golfer to medal in the event. He and his Bronco teammates finished third with a combined score of 335.
Liberty’s Sam Parrott was the medalist with a 75 and Rockhurst took team honors with a score of 318.
“I didn’t get off to a very good start,” Worth said, “but I shot that 37 on the back nine and was really happy. I started with a par, birdie, birdie and was pretty consistent for the rest of the round.”
Worth’s teammates Nathan Shull and Michael Foster each shot an 86 and Brock Witmer finished at 93.
“Other than conference and state, this is the biggest tournament of the year for me and the guys on the team,” said longtime Broncos golf coach Kevin Harrison, who was Andrews’ coach at the high school.
“This is a big one, an important one. Klint’s father Keith still comes out and hands out the medals and at our banquet we give out a Klint Andrews Award to a player. I think it’s wonder the type of turnout we get – and the respect the golfers show to Klint’s father and to Klint’s memory.”
When asked about the rainy, drizzly, windy day, Harrison just chuckled.
“Welcome to Missouri,” he said, grinning. “We’re used to it. You hate to see it during such a big tournament for our school and our team, but the kids handled it as well as they could. We’re all proud of Michael for finishing in 10th place.”
Worth said the weather was a distraction, but added, “Everyone played in the same weather so I’m not going to use it as an excuse. We had to fight our way through it, and as the day went on, it got easier to play.”
Blue Springs finished with a team score of 394, Blue Springs South 359, William Chrisman 405, Fort Osage 435 and Truman 453.