Three local prep golf teams were in action Monday at the first Bobcat Invitational at Falcon Lakes Golf Course.
The Bobcats finished fifth in their home invite with a score of 329. Lansing was 10th with 390 and Leavenworth took 13th with 429. Olathe East won with a score of 292. Bobcats head coach Cody Ziegler said it was a “loaded field” and pointed out Olathe East and Mill Valley as good competition.
“Good to see some new competition,” Ziegler said. “And awesome to host at Falcon Lakes in our own Bobcat Invitational.”
The Bobcats were led by Joey Langstraat’s 72. He finished with the second highest individual score with two others. Ziegler said the performance was the highlight of the day as Langstraat started out 3-over and battled back to finish even par.
Austin Logsdon shot an 85, Brendan Smith and Wyatt Powell each had an 86. Kobe Sifford shot an 87 and Brayden Strah had 129.
Jacob Litewski led Lansing with a 92. Drew Allen had 98, Jackson Haynes shot a 99, Grant Schneider had 101 and Joey Haynes shot a 111. Jake Hamilton withdrew from the tournament due to injury.
Lions head coach Bill Pekarek said this was the best team score the Lions have had this season.
“I’m excited that we are getting better each time we play,” Pekarek said. “I see our player’s hitting some very good golf shots in practice on the driving range and also see our short game getting better. When we can start putting one shot after another more consistently, our players’ scores will drop down and we will surprise a lot of teams. This is the time of the season to start doing that.”
Pekarek said a highlight was Litewski’s back-to-back birdies on the last two holes. The coach said Litewski, Allen and Jackson Haynes each had their best scores of the season. He pointed out that Allen began playing golf this season and has the right mentality to improve.
“(Allen) has been very coachable,” Pekarek said, “and has slowly been improving his game throughout this season.”
Jonah Barrette led the Pioneers with a 96. Chase Allen had a 108, Luke Wagner scored a 111, William Ayers and Dante Smith both shot a 114.
Pioneers head coach Jon LeBar said it was a beautiful day of golf and the team has had steady improvement this season.
“There has been steady improvement all season long from everyone,” LeBar said. “This year we are a very young and inexperienced team. Jonah is a sophomore, played varsity last year and is the only one with any kind of tournament experience. He has been the leader and has been under the century mark the last two tournaments.”
LeBar also pointed out Allen is the lone senior on the team, but this is the senior’s first year in competitive golf. Despite the inexperience, LeBar said the team has been upbeat during the year, even with the cold weather.
“It's a good young base to build on,” LeBar said. “We’ll see how the rest of the year goes.”
Leavenworth will return to action Wednesday at Tomahawk Golf Course before hosting their home meet at Leavenworth Country Club on Thursday.
Lansing will go to Atchison on Thursday.
The Bobcats are off until next Tuesday when they travel to Shawnee Golf and Country Club for the first United Kansas Conference tournament.
The Pleasant Ridge Rams hosted Troy on Monday in doubleheaders in baseball and softball.
The Rams’ baseball team would fall in both games to the Trojans, losing 7-1 and 10-5.
Softball would split the two games with Troy. Pleasant Ridge took game one 14-4 before falling 10-6 in the second game.
Both teams will travel to Maur Hill on Thursday for doubleheaders. Softball will start at 4 p.m. and baseball at 4:30 p.m.