Season ends for golfers in Ottawa
It was a tough day for the Baldwin High School golfers. The Bulldogs had to play in the rain at the Ottawa Country Club against some of the toughest teams in the state. The team finished seventh out of nine teams in the regional which ended the season for three seniors who participated May 19.
Senior Julian Fisher finished first on the team with rounds of 42 and 41, combining for a total score of 83. His junior team member Derek Couch was behind him shooting a 86, with rounds of 45 and 41. The top four golfers combined for a score of 359. The top three teams made it to state, those ended up being Topeka Hayden, followed by Ottawa and Anderson County. Fisher could have been one of the top five individuals to make it to state, but fell two strokes short of making it to a playoff, and three strokes short of making it to state.
"We shot all right as a team. Julian shot an 83, 81 would have put him in a playoff to go to state golf, 80 would have been in. Derek Couch finished with an 86, not bad for a sophomore. I was happy with his play," said head coach David Theis.
One obstacle the team had to overcome, in which they have had to overcome the whole season, was the rain. The rain started early in the morning and really made it tough for the golfers.
"It rained fairly hard the first nine holes which really made the balls slow. It's hard to play in the rain and score low. Scores across the field were much higher on the front compared to the back," said Theis.
"Regionals may not have gone quite as well as they could have for us, but we still had a pretty good time. The course was nice and despite the weather, Julian and Derek still pulled off pretty good scores," said junior Ben Elder, who recorded a 95.
"Regionals didn't go as good as we had hoped. Julian and Derek shot the best, but the rest of us just couldn't pull off a good score that day. The rain is probably one of the problems. But the course was a nice little course. But the important thing was we had fun," said junior Ryan Niehoff, whose total score was 109.
The season is over, but there were some spots that shined through the season. There was the addition of Couch, who helped the team win the tournament at Santa Fe Trail. Senior Justin Goff and Ben Elder beat out two golfers from Santa Fe Trail to break the tie between BHS and SFT, giving Baldwin the title at the tournament.
"Overall we had a great season. This was the best season the team has had since I began coaching three years ago. We are all looking forward to next season, and golfing this summer," said Theis.