Sion Audrain carded an even par-72 at the tough Sand Creek Station Golf Course on Tuesday, helping his Garden City Buffaloes to a second-place team finish in their opening tournament of the season.
Audrain won the event by three strokes, while the Buffs just missed out on the team title by six strokes to Maize South, carding a 324 to South's 318 in the 17-team event.
“We didn’t have a great day on the greens, and that’s probably what cost us,” GCHS head coach Trent Specht said. “But for the first tournament of the year, I’m proud of the effort, proud of how they did.”
The Buffs’ start to the year has been delayed several weeks by bad weather, so just getting out onto the course was a pleasant occurrence, Specht said.
Even though the start to the day was a rough one, starting on the back nine, which is considered the easier half of Sand Creek Station, Specht said.
“We started off pretty bad as a team on the back nine, and then played really good on the front nine, which is the tougher side,” he said, “so it was good to see them battling through it.”
Audrain — returning as a senior after winning the Class 6A state title in 2017 and finishing fourth in 2018 — was below par before hitting a couple of “roadblocks” coming in, but still posted the solid 72. Theo Juhl, a freshman, tied for 13th with an 83, junior Noah Ortiz tied for 18th with an 84. Mason Shaddix and Reid Richmeier — state squad veterans — both posted 85 Tuesday to round out the counting scores.
Freshman Jack Koskal posted a non-counting 93.
Continuing its recent pattern, the Garden City High School girls soccer team ran roughshod over Thomas More Prep-Marian on Tuesday in Hays, winning 4-0, thanks to a trio of second-half goals.
The Buffaloes have usually been a second-half attacking team this season, and that continued Tuesday, and so did their usual balanced attack. Four different players tallied goals, started by Nateara Beasley’s 32nd minute goal.
Then, in the second half, Noeli Munoz scored in the 54th, Ivanee Medrano in the 60th and Anahi Castillo in the 65th.
The Buffs outshot TMP, 12-2, and Hannah Kipp only needed to make those two saves to keep TMP off the scoreboard.
Garden City improved to 5-1-2 this season.
GC—Beasley, 32nd minute
Shots—Garden City 12, Hays-TMP 12. Saves—Garden City (Kipp 2), Hays-TMP (Robles 5).
At the Salina Central meet, the Garden City tennis team met some more tough competition after opening its season in Maize South on Friday.
Huy Nguyen went 2-2 and took seventh, and Aaron Schafer went 1-3 and took 14th as the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players, respectively.
Daniel Darter and Will Keller went 2-2 in the No. 1 doubles division and took seventh, while Nathan Morren and Tyler Morren had the best record for the Buffs as the No. 2 doubles, going 3-1 and finishing ninth.