After last year’s mostly cold and miserable spring, Blue Springs South golf coach Casey Enright could appreciate Monday’s picture-perfect weather for the Jaguar Invitational.
“This time last year, we were waiting for the snow to melt,” Enright said. “We pushed the start time back two different times, and I don’t think we teed off until 1.”
No such problems this year, not with sunny skies, 70-degree temperatures and little breeze making for a pleasant day at Lakewood Oaks Country Club in Lee’s Summit. And the Jaguars took advantage of the nice day, placing all five of their golfers in the top 12 to capture the team title.
Blue Springs South finished with a four-player total of 323, two strokes better than runner-up St. Pius X. Ryan Cunningham’s 7-over par 78 led the way for the Jaguars and placed him fifth overall while teammate Dylan Boyer was right behind him with an 80.
Grant Wall, one of four golfers to finish at 81, was eighth after a scorecard tiebreaker; Grant Williamson and Ryan Dykhouse both shot 84s and finished 11th and 12th, respectively.
“Top to bottom the boys were pretty consistent today,” Enright said. “Being on your home course, you would expect that. Weather definitely played a key role in that and the boys played well today.”
Cunningham, a junior, credited the ideal conditions for an ideal day. In his best round ever at Lakewood Oaks, Cunningham totaled nine pars and two birdies.
“It felt good,” Cunningham said. “The weather was nice, the wind stayed off the whole day. It was great.”
“He’s playing pretty good golf right now,” Enright said. “He’s been working hard at it and it’s starting to show for sure.”
The team total wasn’t the lowest of the season for South – the Jaguars had a 315 while placing second at last week’s Darren Floyd Memorial at Tiffany Greens Golf Club. But like the temperatures, Enright sees those numbers heading in the right direction.
“After the temperatures have kind of gone up, the scores for us have started to go down,” Enright said. “I’m very excited about where we’re at right now.”
Blue Springs finished fourth in the 17-team tournament with a 354. Ben Podjenski led the Wildcats with an 81 that was good for ninth place.
Grain Valley had a 392 team total and took ninth. Brad Kitsmiller’s 92 led the Eagles and Mason McCain was one stroke behind at 93.
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic was 12th at 418, led by John Hyde’s 87. Lee’s Summit North, which was 16th at 453, got a low score of 97 from Cheney Perkins.
St. Pius X had two golfers finish first and second, with Cole Elling shooting a 2-over 73 and Tony Bonadonna carding a 75.