The only thing more consistent than the drizzle that fell throughout Monday at Adams Pointe Golf Club was the play of Blue Springs’ John Nance.

The only thing more consistent than the drizzle that fell throughout Monday at Adams Pointe Golf Club was the play of Blue Springs’ John Nance.
Nance had three birdies and three bogeys. He was even par on both the front nine and back nine and finished with an even-par 72 to claim the medalist honors in the Suburban Big Seven Boys Golf Championships at the Blue Springs course.
“That’s John’s game,” Blue Springs golf coach Tom Round said. “With the exception of one tournament this year, he has medaled in every tournament we’ve played. He’s always going to be right around par. That’s what makes him such a valuable golfer to our team.”
Nance’s medal wasn’t enough to help the Wildcats claim the conference title. That went to Lee’s Summit. The Tigers shot a 311, Lee’s Summit North followed at 313, Blue Springs was third at 316 and Blue Springs South took fourth at 317.
Nance led the parade of all-conference golfers. He was joined by Lee’s Summit’s Kyle Gross and Lee’s Summit North’s Chris Fryatt, who both shot 74 to tie for third place.
Lee’s Summit’s Skyler Arbuckle (75) was fourth, Blue Springs South’s Erik Holm (78) was sixth, Blue Springs South’s Ty Thorp and Lee’s Summit North’s Brock Reinkemeyer (both shot 78) tied for eighth and North’s Ethan Bettes (79) was 10th.
“Really, the weather didn’t have much of an affect on me today,” Nance said. “When I got up this morning, I was hoping we’d play, But I really didn’t know.
“It rained hard early, then it kind of let up and we got to play. When you think about some of the conditions we’ve played in this year – especially the wind – this wasn’t that bad.”
He parred the first two holes, bogeyed the next two, got a 25-foot birdie putt to fall on No. 7 and chipped in for a birdie on No. 9 to open tournament play.
“Even on the front, even on the back,” Nance said. “I’ll take it. What’s more exciting for me is how the team played. We’re getting better and better as a team, and with district coming up, this is the time of year you want to be playing your best golf.”
Blue Springs South’s Erik Holm, who finished in sixth place with a 78, was thrilled with his round.
“On a day like today, I’ll take what I shot,” said Holm, a foreign exchange student. “When I woke up this morning, I was just hoping to get out of class for a couple of hours. I’m really surprised we played.
“We got to play the ball up, because of the rain, and that helped around the greens. I had four bogeys and a birdie and I’m pretty happy with that. The only thing that upset me was three putting the last hole. Other than that, I’ll take it.”