WAMEGO – While the Cowboys were struggling with consistency on the golf course, the Wamego Red Raiders finished the 2019 North Central Kansas League Golf Tournament with five of the top six golfers in the conference.
Wamego easily won the team title with a 324 ahead of Marysville’s 376 at second place. Clay Center shot two strokes better than the Cowboys to finish third at 380 followed by Abilene at 382 and Concordia 387.
“Overall, we just did not play well,” Abilene head coach Mark Willey said. “We are having a hard time hitting fairways and it cost us today. We had opportunities, we were only six shots from second place and two shots from third.”
Marysville’s Jackson Rader brought home individual medalist honors with an 80 (37-43). His opening round of 37 was the best on the front nine during the day and enabled him to medal ahead of Wamego’s Jackson White who finished at 80 (40-40).
The Red Raiders claimed third, fourth, fifth and sixth as all six of their golfers were within three strokes of the leader. Levi Long shot 81 (42-39) for third place followed by Gavin Wilson 81 (42-39), Dylan Tyner 82 (41-41) and Cooper Foltz 82 (39-43).
Abilene’s Gus Haug had probably one of his better days on the course as he shot well under his average with 91 (43-48) to finish at 10th. Fellow senior Justin Deters was one-shot better at ninth with a 90 (48-42).
“Gus was the bright spot today,” Willey said. “He was our only player to shoot under his season average.”
Kieryan Anderson shot 98 (48-50) to finish 18th for the Cowboys. Seth Bielefield posted a 103 (50-53) to come in 20th while Jimmy Brooks was at 112 (57-55) and Stanton Morton shot 131 (61-70) to round out Abilene’s scoring.
Chapman High School had two golfers compete as Kaden Stalder shot 112 (56-56) and Lucas Heller had 129 (69-60) for the Irish.
The Cowboys and the Irish travel to Hesston Golf Park where Buhler High School will host a 4A Regional next Monday. Andale, Buhler, Nickerson, Pratt, Ulysses and Wamego will also be there.