Area Golf Roundup (April 21, 2010)

The Hillsboro High golf team placed 12th among 13 teams at the always-competitive Wichita Collegiate Invitational Friday at Hidden Lakes Golf Club, Wichita.

The Trojans combined for a team score of 363, 56 strokes behind the winning team from Wellington. Collegiate was second at 312.

Daniel Kunantaev led the Trojans with a 78, which put him in a three-way tie for sixth among individual medalists. Myles Miller of Wellington took top honors with a 70.

?Daniel Kunantaev had a very solid day striking the ball, but putting was his primary problem,? coach Scott O?Hare said. ?He hit 14 greens in regulation, which is very solid, but he had 38 putts, which is unusually high for him.

?To shoot a 78 and tie for sixth place with that many putts is pretty amazing.?

Also competing for HHS were Jared King (90), Daniel Dick (97), Devin Dick (98) and Evan Just (103).

?The other guys all played pretty decent for a majority of their rounds,? O?Hare said. ?However, as has been the problem for most of them over the past couple season, they each had a few holes that really kept them from shooting respectable scores.

?That is something we will need to continue to work on?eliminating the big numbers on any particular hole.?

The HHS varsity is idle this week but will compete at the Bennington Invitational next Tuesday at the Salina Elks course.

Goessel?The Bluebird golf team placed second at the wind-blown Minneapolis Invitational last Tuesday.

Battling wind gusts over 50 mph, the team finished as runner-up to the tournament host team from Minneapolis.

Three Bluebirds were among the medalists: Tyler Schmidt shot an 82 for second place, Hayden Goerzen was sixth with an 86 and Neal Brubaker shot a 91 for seventh.

Also competing for Goessel were Austin Cooper (105), Jake Smucker (103) and Aaron Reimer (102).

?As a team they shot 361, only one shot worse than the first meet and, considering the conditions, this was a better overall performance,? coach Justin Coup said.

Goessel will travel to El Dorado for the Bluestem Invitational.

Centre?The Cougar golf team lost a scorecard playoff to place second against Class 2A, 3A and 4A competition at the Northern Heights Invitational in Emporia April 13. The Cougars tied for the lead on the course with a team score of 338.

Tyler Klenda suffered a similar fate in the medalist race, tying for first on the course with an 82, then losing a playoff to finish second.

Freshman Dylan Svitak took sixth with an 84 and Heath Hill shot an 86 to place 14th.

So far this season, Class 1A Centre has not placed below third, taking first at Herington and third at Hillsboro.

The Cougars? next action will be Thursday at the Blustem invitational in El Dorado.

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