The Klint Andrews Memorial Invitational served as a measuring stick for a number of area golfers.

The Klint Andrews Memorial Invitational served as a measuring stick for a number of area golfers.

Many didn’t see things stacking up the way they’d like Wednesday at Longview Golf Course in Lee’s Summit.

In their first outting, Blue Springs South assistant coach Ted Linke said the Jaguars might have been trying a little too hard.

“I think they were anxious to get out,” Linke said. “It was our first time out. I think they were trying a little bit too hard. I think we were pressing to maybe put up some scores, but at least we got our feet wet.”

Blake Windsor led the Jaguars to a seventh-place finish with a team-low 79, which earned him a medal. The all-state sophomore said he had an up and down day.

“I was playing solid until after (Hole) 15, and then I struggled to get into the clubhouse,” Windsor said.

Windsor might not have had the perfect day, but all was not lost. He got a good look at some of his toughest conference and district opponents. District opponent Rockhurst finished first with a score of 315. Big Six opponents Liberty (324), Lee’s Summit North (331) and Lee’s Summit (334) finished third, fourth and sixth respectively.

“That’s what the whole season is going to be about,” Linke said of the tough competition. “So we might as well get it done to begin with.”

Windsor agreed with Linke, who filled in for Mike McGown who was out of town.

“It helps us get a tough tournament under our belt and know what to expect the rest of the season,” Windsor said.

He also learned what he needs to work on in the near future.

“I need to play better down the stretch toward my finishing holes,” Windsor said.

Blue Springs coach Tom Round said the weather made it tough for his guys to finish holes as well. However, it’s something the Wildcats are getting used to dealing with.

“It’s awful tough to get any continuity going,” he said of the chilly weather.

Continuity is something Round said the Wildcats, who finished 16th with a team score of 360, have struggled with already this season.

“We’re really struggling with the inconsistency during the course of the day,” Round said. “We’ll play a few good holes. Then we’ll make triple.”

In order to turn things around, Round said the Wildcats need to find consistency in their practices.

“We practice literally a couple of times a week it seems like,” Round said. “Those aren’t quality practices because the wind’s blowing 30 miles per hour and it’s 40 degrees.”

Because of their usual practice conditions, Wednesday’s weather provided a bit of consistency for Blue Springs. Round said the team’s scores reflected as much.

“They’re shooting pretty much what we’re shooting in practice,” Round said.

Kyle Finley and Zach Clark both shot 88 on the day.

Lee’s Summit North’s Chris Fryatt was consistent as well, shooting a 73 to take second overall. Kearney’s Ryan Zech took first with an even-par 72. Broncos coach Kevin Harrison said Fryatt can always be counted on to excel.

“Chris is always Chris,” Harrison said. “His scores are always good. We just have to get better.”

Harrison said he saw plenty of room for improvement out of his players.

“The good news is we’ve got a month to get better,” Harrison said. “So that’s what we’ll work on.”

The Broncos will have plenty of measuring sticks along the way too.

“We will see a lot of those teams over the next three weeks,” Harrison said. “That’s what you do – look at it each week, week by week and point out to players what they’ve got to do to have a chance to beat them in conference and districts.”

The Broncos saw tough competition outside of their district as well. Truman finished eighth (337) with Jacob Hinck’s 80 leading the way. Fort Osage turned in a 347 to finish 10th overall. The Indians were led by Tyler Rodewald’s 84.