Poor first round dooms Buster golfers
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
An awful first round sunk the Garden City Community College golf team Monday at the KJCCC's No. 3 Tournament in Lawrence.
Playing at Alvamar Golf Course, head coach Phil Terpstra was hoping for an average score of 80 from his top four players, or, in other words, a team score of 320 in the opening round, which typically would put the Busters in the middle of the pack. Instead, the Busters finished with a 343, 23 shots above that goal and 55 shots over par.
"Not one guy played well in the first round," Terpstra said. "Well, Mark's (Crossan) round of 82 wasn't bad."
The freshman from Warton, England, put a pair of 41s together in the first round to shoot the team-best 82. Unfortunately for the Busters, Crossan's round did not count because he was the designated sixth golfer. The sixth golfer for each team competes at conference events to gain experience, but the scores do not figure into the team total.
Instead, the Busters' No. 1 golfer, Matt LeGrange, shot a team-high of 16-over 88 in the first round. He followed that up in the latter 18 holes with an 86.
"This is the toughest golf course we've played all year, with the length and the greens and all the trees, but it wasn't so difficult that we couldn't compete," Terpstra said.
The Busters were ninth out of 10 teams after the first round. They bounced back slightly in the afternoon round, shooting a 328. Nathan Forrest led the way with a 79 (38-41) and Sam Cooney was just behind with an 80 (39-41).
That left Garden City in seventh, with a combined 671, as Dodge City took the top spot with a 604.
"We've got a lot of work to do before we head out of town again," Terpstra said after the tournament.
This marked the end of their fall conference schedule. They will not get back on the links against for conference play until March. However, the Busters will compete in the NJCAA Preview at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 14 and 15.
Full results in Scoreboard, page B2.