Bader takes Bonner title
Zach Bader saved his best golf for the toughest hole and went on to win last Thursday's Bonner Springs Invitational golf tournament with a nine-hole score of 40.
The Wildcat's win came in a scorecard playoff because of his birdie on the No. 1 handicap hole.
"We were thrilled to have Zach win the tournament with a score of 40," De Soto golf coach Scott Sharp said. "It was his first outright win, and he is deservedly really excited."
Bader used strong iron play all day to put himself in several birdie opportunities. Unfortunately, Bader three putted in each situation and had to settle for bogeys.
"He hit six of nine greens and drove consistently with his five wood all day," Sharp added.
Payne Wilke also medaled for the Wildcats by shooting a third place score of 41. The freshman missed some short par putts but was solid otherwise.
"He was disappointed because he would have shot a 39 if he would have got a par on No. 9 instead of a bogey," Sharp said. "But he has been in the top five in both of his first two high school tournaments."
Unfortunately for Sharp, the rest of the team struggled, forcing the Wildcats to settle for a fourth-best team score of 180 at the six-team meet.
Tim Oswald struggled in all aspects of his game in shooting a 52. The junior did have a chance to make eagle on one of the par fives but had to settle for a par after three-putting on the hole.
Matt Woywod shot a 49 despite missing every fairway and carding three double-bogeys and a quadruple bogey. On one hole, the sophomore hit a green drying fan and could only watch as his ball ricocheted into a nearby pond.
Greg Moore shot a 50 with one triple-bogey, four double bogeys and a par. Ben Moon had a 57 for the Wildcats.
Mill Valley won the event with a team score of 171. Ottawa was second with 174.
Wilke led the Wildcats to a fourth-place finish at the Blazer Invitational in Gardner Monday.
Sharp said the freshman drove the ball well as he fired a 37-43 80 round that placed him 10th overall in the individual medalist standings. Although he hit his driver well, Wilke was handcuffed by a triple bogey on the par-5 13th hole after three putting.
Sharp put some of the blame on the pin placements that placed some of the holes on the sides of hills.
Bader was the only other Wildcat to medal after he fired a 14th best individual score of 44-40 84. The senior hit a solid driver during the 18-hole tournament.
He was especially accurate early on after completing the first seven holes just one over par.
Tim Oswald rebounded from his struggles at Bonner Springs with a third-best team score of 40-45 85. His performance assured the junior that he'd play the three-man at Thursday's Lawrence Free State Quadrangular.
Oswald drove the ball well, while scoring six pars for his round, and was really strong with his short game. He did not three putt any holes and finished one stroke away from a medal.
"It was important for him to get back to playing the way he did early on," Sharp said. "It gave him the chance to reiterate that he has improved."
Matt Woywod fired a 45-43 88 to tie Greg Moore for the team's fourth best score. Woywod struggled with his putter and four putted three times.
Moore fired a 44-44 88. The junior needed just two putts, or less, on every hole. Scott McKechnie shot a 55-52 107 in his first varsity start.
The Wildcats are next in action at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Free State Quadrangular, which will be played at Eagle Bend Golf Course in Lawrence.