Flory disappointed with season’s finale
Gusty winds and tough course conditions led to a disappointing state golf meet for Baldwin High School senior Kirby Flory.
For the third year in a row, Flory was unhappy with his performance at the Class 4A tournament. He shot a round of 91 to tie for 60th place out of 105 golfers.
"I didn't play very good," Flory said. "The course wasn't in as good of shape as it should have been. The wind also had a really big effect on scores."
BHS golf coach Jason Crowder said the Wamego Country Club was difficult Monday, but when combined with the wind, made for a bad golf day.
"The course played tough," Crowder said. "The wind was blowing hard, which showed in all of the scores. It was a day where the course punished you for a bad shot."
Crowder and Flory both said only several golfers shot in the 70s when normally many more will shoot that well at the state meet.
Flory was unhappy with his day because it was his third and final trip to the state tournament.
"I wanted to do something at state, because I had been there three straight years and hadn't done anything," Flory said. "I was pretty disappointed with the meet."
Crowder had a feeling that the round wasn't going to go well after Flory shot a bogey on the first hole.
"I could tell right there it wasn't going to be a good day," Crowder said. "It wasn't a good day for a lot of golfers, either."
Despite the disappointing finish to the year, Flory and Crowder were happy with the 2007 season.
"I was pleased with the season," Flory said. "I improved and I was happy with that. I placed in five tournaments and shot in the 70s four different times."
Crowder was proud of Flory's senior campaign.
"He had a great season overall," Crowder said. "He shot in the 70s several times, which is some of the best golf for BHS in the last five or 10 years."
BHS participated in the Class 4A regional May 15 at Paola. Baldwin shot a 356 to place fifth out of nine teams. Flory shot an 80 to lead the team, while senior Andrew Madl was the next lowest with a 90.
Also playing last week for Baldwin was senior Avery Baughan, senior Brian Harris, junior Jesse Green and junior Conner Nottingham.
Crowder enjoyed his first year as golf coach, but hoped to send more golfers to state.
"We were hoping to get more than one qualified for state, but we still had a good season overall," Crowder said.