Inconsistency dogs De Soto’s golf team at league tournament
The rain was gone, but the course was wet. The sun was obscured, but air was muggy.
It was unlikely, but De Soto found a way to squeeze the Frontier League golf tournament between Monday's double-dose of thunderstorms.
But as the day went from cold and damp to hot and muggy, then back again, the only thing that proved more inconsistent then the weather was the De Soto golf team.
Days after their best tournament of the season -- a Saturday tournament in Osawatomie that saw five of six De Soto golfers come in at or under 90 -- the Cats couldn't keep up the momentum and were all over the map at Lawrence's Eagle Bend Golf Course.
"How can we get these guys who are all up and down to get together?" De Soto coach Scott Sharp said. "Some of our other guys, it's a pretty wide spectrum. You never know what you're going to get."
Starting with Saturday's Osawatomie tournament, Sharp said he was getting excellent play, and even if that didn't completely transfer to Monday's tournament, he still said he's seeing signs of progress.
Junior Matt Woywod led De Soto in both tournaments. He shot an 82 Saturday and came back with an 85 at the more difficult course in Lawrence. The scores were varied after that.
Tim Oswald was second on Saturday, shooting a strong 84 at Osawatomie, but had a disappointing 94 at Eagle Bend.
"From him, it's just getting frustrated. He has a bad shot, he gets frustrated and he's done. If he's playing well, he'll play well all day long," Sharp said. "Though (Monday) he had some frustrating shots and did a good job controlling his temper, so he might be improving on that. I'm hoping so."
Nic Bergmann turned in an 87 on Saturday, then shot 102 on Monday.
Scott McKechnie and Mitchel Roberts have offered a bit of the consistency Sharp said the team needs, but both scored 91s Monday, up from their scores Saturday.
"Who else is going to be in the 80s? That's the big question," Sharp said. "If we want to get a chance to go to state, we're going to have to have our guys down in the 80s."
The good news is all of De Soto's regular varsity players have proven they can score in the 80s. Even better is that the regional tournament will be at Osawatomie, site of the Cats best day of the season.
"Scott has shot in the 80s. Nick has shot in the 80s. Tim has shot in the 80s," Sharp said. "We've got four guys that have shot in the 80s, but getting that consistently is going to be the trick."
The golf team was scheduled to again be in action Wednesday, but results were not available Wednesday afternoon. The Cats next travel to Bonner Springs Wednesday to make up a rain-delayed tournament. De Soto then has two weeks off before the regionals tournament May 15 at Osawatomie.