It was not the best day for the Garden City High School boys golf team at Hays’ Smoky Hill Country Club Monday, head coach Trent Specht said.
The Buffaloes struggled around the greens in particular, and that cost them the team title as they finished second with a 325 team score, four shots behind host Hays’ 321.
“We struggled chipping and putting, getting it up and down,” Specht said. “Hays is good. They’ve got three solid sticks and they were on their home course, but still, if we play what we’re capable of, it’s a good contest between us. We just didn’t play that way today.”
The Buffs did still get an under-par effort from Sion Audrain, who posted a 69 on the par-71 course. That was five shots clear of second-place Josh Norris, of Hays. Parker Renz of Salina South took third with a 76.
Freshman Theo Juhl had the next-best day for the Buffs, finishing tied for ninth with an 81. Reid Richmeier was 13th with and 87, Jack Koskal tied for 14th with 88, Mason Shaddix was 20th with 90 and Zach Warren posted a non-counting 91 and tied for 21st.
“It’s a tough course, but we just let one hole affect the next hole,” Specht said.
The Buffs were on their way to the Enmond, Okla., North Invite, in which they will play 36 holes on Wednesday against a deep field.