Buffs' golfers struggle at Manhattan

4/22/2014

By BRETT MARSHALL

By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

One week after inclement weather had postponed the Manhattan Invitational and prevented the Garden City Buffaloes' boys golf team from getting an all-important practice round at Manhattan Country Club, a course none of the Buffs' team members had ever played, the Buffs took to the unknown.

And that lack of knowledge of the old-style architecture resulted Monday in the Buffs having a tough day on the course where they finished seventh among 13 teams.

The Buffs finished with a team score of 360, well back of champion Topeka-Washburn Rural's 315. Dodge City was fourth at 332. Low round of the day went to Washburn Rural's Andrew Beckler with a 72.

The Buffs struggled early on the Manhattan layout, and despite a rally on the back nine where the team averaged 7.3 shots better, it was too little, too late.

"It was just a tough day all the way around," head coach Walker Frey said. "It's a difficult course even if you've played it, but none of the kids had ever set foot on it."

Frey said he opted to wait until Monday morning to take the team to Manhattan for the mid-afternoon start (2 p.m.) in lieu of taking the players away from their families on Easter Sunday.

"Sometimes, you just make a decision that's good for the kids and their families," Frey said.

Frey said the team struggled in breezy conditions, making scoring difficult on the small, undulating greens.

"It seems like we get off to a slow start, and then we get into recovery mode, but by then it's too late," Frey said.

Freshman Taylor Larsen was the lone GCHS player to break 90, finishing with an 87 (47-40), while another freshman, Logan Durst was right behind with a 90 (48-42). Connor Schultz followed with a 91 (48-43), Tucker Schiffelbein a 92 (50-42), Austin Swender a 93 (51-42) and Tristan Corrales a 97 (53-44).

The Buffs are right back in action today with a 3 p.m. tee-off at the Hays High Invitational.

Results in Scoreboard, Page B2.

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