Busters' golfers in 8th at District III tournament
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The Garden City Community College golf team finished day one of the NJCAA District III Championship in eighth place in the 10-team tournament.
The Busters shot a four-man score of 341 in the first round at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence, and dropped their score to 324 in the second round, for a 36-hole total of 644.
The Busters were led by freshman Alex Piper, who shot an 81-78 for a 15-over-par 159 for sole possession of 27th place.
The district championship combines Jayhawk Conference teams Hutchinson, Dodge City, Johnson County, Barton County, Kansas City, Coffeyville and Garden City with Northwest Kansas Tech, Indians Hills, Iowa, and Iowa Western.
Indians Hills had the best team score after day one, leading the field by seven strokes with a 25-over 601 (301-300).
Hutchinson was the lowest KJCCC team, scoring a 32-over 608, with identical 18-hole scores of 304.
Hutchinson and Indian Hills were led by two golfers who tied for second place to lead all team-score eligible golfers at a 5-over 149. Jordan Hecker shot a 74 and a 75, and Trujillo used an early 71 to offset a drop to a 78 in the second round.
However, all individual scorers were led by Indian Hills' designated sixth golfer (which is a golfer whose scores are predesignated ineligible for use towards team scores), Luke Monson, who shot a 73-75 for a 4-over 148 and a one-stroke lead over the field.
All six Indian Hills golfers were within the 15 overall, including three of the top four.
However, the Busters' Matthew LeGrange, who finished as the top Buster in a tie for 12th at the KJCCC Championship on April 21-22, withdrew from competition.
"Coach (Matt) Christian said that he pulled Matt (LaGrange) off the golf course for unsportsmanlike conduct," Dan Delgado, assistant athletic director/sports information director at GCCC, said Monday night.
With that withdrawal, the Busters were forced to compete with just four golfers pre-designated for team scoring.
The team scores were rounded out by Sam Cooney (83-80--163) in a tie for 32nd, Nathan Forrest (87-78--165) in 39th and Lane Sherer (90-88--178) in 55th.
Slade Loewen (85-84--169) was the Busters' designated sixth golfer, finishing in a tie for 45th.
GCCC head coach Matt Christian did not return phone messages Monday night.