Busters' golfers 6th at Salina in Jayhawk tourney
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
In sub-30 degree weather at Salina, the Garden City Community College Broncobusters golf team managed to accomplish the goal set out by head coach Matt Christian — shoot a sub-300 score as a team (four counting scores).
In the first Jayhawk Conference tournament event for the new head coach, who took over in January, the Busters shot a 299, good enough for sixth out of 10 KJCCC teams that played at the Salina Municipal Golf Course on Monday. The full team results were not available at press time.
The fourth KJCCC event of the year, the 18-hole event was originally scheduled for 36 holes, but was cut to 18 after an overnight snow on Sunday night into Monday morning delayed the start of the event to the middle of the afternoon.
Still, Christian was satisfied with his team's play.
"I was personally really happy with (the 299)," the first-year coach said. "One of my main goals was to break 300 for the tournament, and we accomplished that."
The team score could have been even better with the designated sixth man (a sixth golfer who plays with the team but whose score does not count toward the team total), Nick Mann, shooting a 2-under 70 for seventh place individually, and the top Buster score for the day.
"We love it," Christian said about Mann's effort as the sixth golfer for the Busters. "He's qualified to get a spot on our team, and he played really well."
Leading the four individual scores that did count for the team total was Sam Cooney's 73, followed by Alex Piper's 74 and Nathan Forest's and Matt LeGrange's 76. Mark Crossan's 77 did not count toward the team total as the highest score from the five team golfers.
"I thought we played well as a team," Christian said. "We've been playing some really, really good golf.
"We left a lot of putts out on the golf course. We should have had four or five others that were in the ballpark (with Mann's 70), too, the way we've been playing all week. We just didn't have the putts fall."
Christian is expecting those to start falling soon, though.
"We've improved every week," he said. "We're just going to continue what we're doing, and make a few more putts. And we will. We spend a lot of time on the green, so I expect the results to follow."
The Busters will continue conference play on April 7 in Junction City, at the Rolling Meadows Golf Course, the fifth Jayhawk Conference tournament of the year.
The year's team standings had not been updated on the KJCCC website as of press time, but the Busters were in fifth place through two events, with 11.5 team points.
Garden City Individual Results
Nick Mann, 70*; Sam Cooney, 73; Alex Piper 74; Nathan Forest, 76; Matt LeGrange 76; Mark Crossan, 77.
*--Score did not count towards the team score as the designated sixth golfer.