High school golfers across the state traveled to various courses Monday for regional action.
The Lansing Lions and Basehor-Linwood Bobcats traveled to Topeka for their 5A regional tournament hosted by Seaman.
The Bobcats finished runner-up at the tournament with a team score of 322, seven off from regional champion Emporia. The Lions took eighth with a 429.
Joey Langstraat led the Bobcats with a 74 and finished third. Austin Logsdon was fourth with a 75 and Wyatt Powell took 10th with an 82. Kobe Sifford shot a 91, Brendan Smith had a 101 and Landon Bever had a 108.
Bobcats head coach Cody Ziegler said he was proud of the group.
“I’m extremely proud of this group,” Ziegler said. “After experiencing the heartbreak of missing a state trip by one stroke last year, this group was determined to do what they needed to do to get there this year. We shot one of our better scores of the year with the lights on and everyone watching. These kids were locked in, confident and there was no doubt in their minds they believed they were supposed to be there.”
The second-place finish advances the Bobcats to the state tournament next Monday in Dodge City. Tee time is set for 9 a.m.
Lansing was led by Jacob Litewski’s 93. Grant Schneider had a 106, Jake Hamilton shot 110, Andrew Allen had 120, Jackson Haynes shot 121 and Joey Haynes had a 133.
Lions head coach Bill Pekarek said Litewski’s 93 was the best the team had to offer but it was just short of a state qualification. He said golf teams need to shoot below a 335 and individuals need to shoot below an 84 to compete at this point in the season. He pointed out that 84 was the last score that qualified in the regional in Topeka.
“Jacob did say that he should’ve shot under 85 today,” Pekarek said, “had he executed a little better on some holes.”
The regional tournament concludes the season for the Lions.
The Leavenworth Pioneers went to Wamego Country Club in Manhattan for their 6A regional.
Jonah Barette led the Pioneers with a 96. He was three strokes away from a state qualification. Chase Allen and Luke Wagner shot a 120, William Ayers had a 124 and Dante Smith shot a 155.
Pioneers head coach Jon LeBar said the team had a "fairly good day" and improved over the season.
"For everyone but Jonah this was their first experience at a regional," LeBar said. "And they now have the drive for next year. They're already talking about how much playing they're going to do over the summer. But overall we had a pretty good season. There was lots of improvement through the year and they are showing the desire to improve and work on their game and we are young. There is lots of excitement amongst themselves."
Leavenworth’s golf season is over.