By Michael Buhler, TSnews
Fresh off of a second-place finish at last fall's State golf tournament, the Andale/Garden Plain Indians picked up where they left off when they opened the season last Monday by winning the Nickerson tournament at Crazy Horse Golf Course in Hutchinson.
Renwick won the tournament with a score of 189, edging runner-up Buhler by 12 strokes. Cheney was third at 213, while Hoisington took fourth with a score of 221 and Medicine Lodge and Pratt tied for fifth with scores of 247.
“We played well,” Andale/Garden Plain coach Irv Schueller said. “I was hoping to break 200 as a team and we shot 189.”
Five of Renwick's six golfers finished in the top 10. Jaela Albers won the tournament with a score of 42, followed by Arabella Clevenger, who tied for third at 47. Maggie Morris was sixth with a score of 48, while Anna Berblinger and Garden Plain's Jaycee Brown tied for eighth with scores of 52. Hillary Nieman was 14th with a score of 55.
For the Cardinals, Halley Jones tied for third with a score of 47. Kaitlyn Fowler shot 52 to tie for eighth, Jaylyn Turner carded a 55 to tie for 14th, Morgan Sutter shot 59 to tie for 22nd, Hayley Sutter carded a 60 to take 25th and Natalie Burdick tied for 26th with a score of 61.
Cheney and Andale/Garden Plain were at Medicine Lodge earlier this week and both head to Pratt on Monday. Renwick also will send a team to Wellington on Monday.
Colts, Tigers in top five at Derby
The Campus Colts and Eisenhower Tigers finished third and fifth, respectively, when they opened the season last Monday at the Derby Invitational.
Derby won the invite with a score of 179, while Maize was second with a 183. Campus shot 188 to take third, while Newton carded a 193 to take fourth and Eisenhower was a stroke back in fifth.
“It was very encouraging to see the girls perform the way they did in their first tournament of the year,” Campus coach Josh Curtiss said. “Third place is the highest team place we have taken since we started the program two years ago. I enjoyed the excitement on the girls' faces when I told them we took third as a team. They really feel like they can compete for first place in upcoming tournaments.”
Sophie Martins tied for fourth with a score of 42 and took sixth on a scorecard playoff, while Kiley Maier shot a 45 to take 10th in her first varsity tournament and Jaden Cain and Leah Shipman shot 48 and 53 to take 15th and tie for 19th, respectively. Alicia Jamarillo shot 66 to take 30th.
Meanwhile, Hannah Schaefer shot a 43 to take seventh for the Tigers, while Meredith Russell shot a 46 and tied for 11th. Kayla Benson carded a 52 and took 17th, while Abby Brewer tied for 19th with a score of 53 and Lillian Roy took 28th after shooting a 58.
“We didn't do bad for the first tournament out,” Eisenhower coach Cliff Hartzog said. “There were some good teams there. We still have plenty of work to do.”
Campus hosted a tournament at Pine Bay Golf Course in Wichita earlier this week and heads to Hesston on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Eisenhower heads to Dodge City Thursday and to Andover Central on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Goddard opened its season earlier this week in the Campus tournament and will join Eisenhower at Dodge City on Thursday before competing at Crestview Country Club in Wichita on Tuesday.
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