Rain delay detours BHS golf team
The Baldwin High School golf team ended its season with a disappointing state meet.
On May 22, the Bulldogs traveled to Wellington for the Class 4A state tournament. After a long, dreary day, they returned home with a 12th-place finish.
"As a team we didn't score well," coach David Theis said. "Two golfers did shoot about average. They really should have came in with better scores, sometimes you just don't."
Soon after every player teed off for the tournament, the players were sent back inside. The tournament was delayed for more than two hours because of a rain delay.
After the rain subsided, the players were allowed 15 minutes to warm up before playing again. The Bulldogs never regained their composure.
"Due to the small size of the club house, teams were directed to sit and wait it out in our vehicles," Theis said of the rain delay. "Some of our players had played about nine holes, while some had only played three. When the delay was over they were allowed 15 minutes to warm themselves back up and resume play. We just couldn't recover."
Two BHS players turned in scorecards under 100 on the par 70 course. Junior Kirby Flory led the team with a score of 88, while junior Andrew Madl shot a 91.
Juniors Avery Baughan (101) and Kyle Erwine (103) were the next lowest Bulldogs. Sophomore Jesse Green (107) and junior Brian Harris (111) rounded out the state team.
Despite the disappointing result, Theis was still proud of his team for qualifying for state again.
"I was proud of each one of the players," Theis said. "We qualified again as a team for the state tournament two years now back-to-back. I don't know when or if that has happened ever before.
"The top 104 players in Class 4A are only allowed to go and we sent six," Theis said. "That alone is a heck of an accomplishment, the quality of golf at the state tournament is really quite amazing. These kids can flat out play and so can the ones we sent."
Theis also said the course presented some problems for the players.
"It was a tight course, but it was playable," Theis said. "If you played from the fairway it could be played pretty evenly, however two to 10 yards off the fairways were what we like to refer to as 'Velcro ruff' and many huge trees and bushes made it tough to score at that point."
The Bulldogs return everyone from this state qualifying team next year and look to make the state tournament three straight years.