Fore! BHS golf team state-bound
The Baldwin High School golf team brought their best game when it counted, and that was at regionals Monday, as it qualified for the state meet.
The Bulldogs brought home the regional championship from the meet at Osawatomie. They were ten shots ahead of second-place Louisburg.
"Our team showed up to play, and we played great," senior Derek Couch said. "We were definitely the underdog, but we came out strong."
Senior Dustin Commons (83), Couch (84), sophomore Trey Miller (86) and sophomore Andrew Madl (90) all placed in the top 15 (5, 7, 12 and 13 respectively). Sophomore Kirby Flory (37th place, 104) and sophomore Brian Harris (47th place, 112) offered additional assistance to the group.
"My goal before I started the tournament was to take one hole at a time," Madl said. "And if I had a bad hole to move on to the next. I'm glad I shot a score that was beneficial to our team, And I'm glad we could do it for Dustin and Derek in their last year."
Regardless of the potential to travel to state, many players were as excited about winning the tournament outright.
"On our way to the tournament, I couldn't stop thinking of how great it would feel if we won the tourney," Miller said. "On the way home, I got that feeling."
Coming off the best team result of the season, coach David Theis was very pleased.
"I am very proud of my team and their accomplishments this season," Theis said. "I am extremely proud and happy for my two seniors, Derek and Dustin. When we heard Dustin shot 83 we were pretty sure we had it in the bag. Watching Derek run down the fairway to congratulate his fellow senior on his score was a great moment for me and for the team. These guys have all worked hard and it paid off huge. We accomplished our goal we set on our first practice. I applaud each and every one of these guys."
On May 11, the Bulldogs traveled to Prairie View, where the squad took fourth place overall, with a combined score of 339. First place winner Fort Scott scored a total of 310.
In individual results, Baldwin's highest finisher was Couch, who shot 7 over par with 79 and took fifth place. In 20th place was Flory, who garnered an 86. In 22nd and 23rd place were Miller and Commons, respectively. Both grabbed an 87. Madl took a 91 and 29th place, while sophomore Avery Baughan took a 98 and 39th place.
The Bulldogs participate in the state meet on Monday in Coffeyville. It will be the final meet for Couch and Commons.