Garden City High School’s boys golf team was able to add one more regular season tournament to its schedule, and that was the Junction City Invitational on Thursday at Rolling Meadows Golf Course.
Playing a course that none of the Buffaloes had ever seen, coach Jacob Waller’s team saw their lengthy trip to east central Kansas shortened by rain and lightning, forcing tournament officials to halt the event after 13 holes had been completed.
With no players or teams completing the same set of holes, officials determined team standings and individual finishes based upon how many strokes players/teams were over par.
Thus, junior Sion Audrain’s front nine of 2-over-par 38 and his 1-under for the four holes on the back nine, left him at 1-over-par, tied for second with Salina South’s Parker Renz, and one shot behind Topeka Seaman’s Bryce Cowan, who had played the back nine in even-par 36 and the four holes of the front nine in even par.
“It was just a tough way to finish, but I think everyone enjoyed the course,” Waller said.
Audrain was playing in his first tournament in more than a week after serving a three-tournament suspension for a violation of school/team policies, Waller said.
“He’s the best player we have and certainly one of the top players in Kansas,” Waller said of the defending Class 6A state champion. “It was good to get him back out and compete again.”
Waller said the remainder of the Buffs struggled over the Rolling Meadows layout.
“It was just difficult with the rain and then the delay to get any rhythm,” Waller said.
Reid Richmeier was at 45-17, Noah Ortiz at 44-20, Zach Warren finished at 49-21, Kyle Doll at 48-22 and Mason Shaddix followed at 51-21. That resulted in the Buffs’ team score of 248, placing seventh among 16 teams. Manhattan won with a score of 230 while Salina Central and Topeka-Washburn Rural were one shot back at 231.
The Buffs will close out their regular season on Monday with their final Western Athletic Conference tournament at Liberal’s Willow Tree Golf Course. Tee-off is set for 1 p.m.