CLAY CENTER – The Abilene Cowboys’ golf team won the two-man competition and placed second in the six-man and best-four scores to Wamego High School at the Clay Center Tiger Invitational Thursday in Clay Center.
“It was nice to play without our coats on but the course was playing tough,” Abilene Coach Mark Wiley said.
“We played the ball down for the first time all year and the greens were firm,” Willey said.
Abilene’s two-man team of Trevor Cooper (46-42 - 88) and Dalton Goodwin (41-44 - 85) placed first in the tournament, five strokes better than second place Chapman’s duo of Josh Chewning (42-39 - 81) and Zach Harris (50-47 - 97).
“It was exciting to see Thomas and Dalton win the two man competition,” Willey said.
Cowboy freshman Marcus Willey shot a 77 (42-35) to earn second place medalist, one stroke behind the leader Ryan Elder of Wamego (42-34 - 76).
“Marcus did not hit the ball very good today, but his putter got hot on the back half,” coach Willey said.
“He only had 10 puts on the back nine, 35 on the back nine was pretty impressive,” he added.
The Cowboy four-man team (337) of Willey, Jacob Harms 80 (40-40), Ryan Kreutzer 90 (49-41) and Justin Carroll 90 (46-44) finished third behind Wamego (327) and Concordia (331).
Harms finished fifth in the tournament with Chewning of Chapman coming in sixth place in the individual scores.
Two Concordia golfers, Micah Fabarez and Grant Holmes, both shot a 78 to capture third and fourth place medalist places.
“I liked the way we competed today, several struggled early, but came back strong,” Willey concluded.
Chapman’s four-man team of Brandt Blixt 105 (53-52), Bryce Winters 99 (45-54), Aaron Parham 99 (45-54) and Kody Baer 95 (54-41) finished sixth in the four-man team competition.