BHS golfer qualifies for state
Monday, the Baldwin High School golf team finished sixth at the Class 4A Regional Golf Tournament at Garnett. The Bulldogs did have one state qualifier, junior Derek Couch, who shot an 83 to qualify.
"I knew he could do it and I am proud of him," said coach David Theis.
Monday's good round seemed to make up for past tournaments played by Couch.
"It was a long season of bad playing for me. I'm just glad to have found my game when I needed it most," said Couch. "It's a privilege and I'm going to give it my best shot."
Everyone at the tournament was competing for a spot at state.
"As a team we struggled, but we gained experience that will count in the long run," said Theis.
The Bulldogs competed against 10 teams. The top team finishers from the tournament were Bishop Ward, finishing first, and Spring Hill in second.
The BHS golfers shot a 367, just four strokes behind DeSoto's score of 363.
Baldwin's top shooters were Couch with an 83, senior Ben Elder with a 91, and senior Jon Egner with a score of 115.
"The whole team, varsity and junior varsity have done very well. Every golfer has improved their game," said Theis. "Some golfers have struggled here lately. That really frustrates them and me as a coach, but that's the way golf goes."
The team came into regionals with a relaxed attitude.
"I told them to play with no pressure," said Theis. "I just wanted them to have fun, especially the graduated seniors. It would be their last meet and I have coached them all four years."
This marks the end of the season for the golf team, except for Couch, who will be playing at Emporia on Monday.
"We had a great time the last year together," said Theis.