The Abilene High School boys’ golf team hosted the Abilene Invitational Golf Tournament at Greatlife od Abilene Golf Course Tuesday afternoon.
On a cold windy day, Freshman Marcus Willey shot a 78 (37-41) to lead the Cowboy team and place second medalist in the tournament.
“Marcus had another good day. He had the putter going early, shooting 37 on the front,” said Coach Mark Willey.
“He hit a couple of bad shots on the back and could not keep up with the leader and finished second,” coach Willey said.
Willey was tied for first at the end of nine holes of play with back-to-back birdies on six and seven.
Senior Jacob Harms had an 81(42-39) to finish third place medalist in the tournament.
“Jacob finished with two birdies on 17 and 18 that rally helped our team score in beating Wamego,” Willey said.
“It also jumped him up to finish third medalist,” he added.
Abilene’s four-man team scores of Willey 78, Harms 81, Justin Carroll 85 (41-44), and Dalton Goodwin 88 (45-43) shot 332 to win the tournament. Carroll finished the tournament as sixth place medalist.
“We had some players step up and really help the team,” Willey said.
“It is always fun to win your home tournament and take home some medals,” he said.
“Both Carrroll and Goodwin had their best rounds of the year,” coach Willey said.
Wamego High School placed second at 338 with first place medalist Ryan Elder’s 74 (37-37) leading his teammates Parker Waters 83 (41-42), Ryan Helus 89 (45-44), and Vance Lacy 92 (50-42). Waters was the fourth place medalist for the tournament.
Chapman High School had two players shoot an 87. Josh Chewning (44-43), Zach Harris (43-44), Aaron Parham had a 93 (48-45) and Brice Winters a 97 (51-46) shot a team score of 364 and placed fourth.
“It is great to have six capable players in the lineup. If one guy struggles, we have others to step in,” Willey added.
“We will need all six players playing well if we want a chance to win the league and compete in a tough regional,” he concluded.
Team results were: Abilene 332, Wamego 338, Concordia 346, Chapman 364, Clay Center 401, Abilene JV 407, Marysville 419, and St. John’s Military 424.
Individual medalists were Ryan Elder, Wamego, 74, Marcus Willey, Abilene, 78, Jacob Harms, Abilene, 81, Parker Waters, Wamego, 83, Micah Fabarez, Concordia, 83 and Justin Carroll, Abilene, 85.