Golfers miss state berth
Three and four strokes in an 18-hole round of golf are not that much. But, it was enough to keep a couple of De Soto golfers from qualifying for state.
Charlie Modereger shot a 93 and Alex Crall posted a 94 Monday at Bellevue Country Club in Atchison. At the end of the day, the threshold score that sent golfers to state was a 90.
"What was exciting was after the front nine we were tied for third, only four strokes out of second (as a team)," coach Chad Brecheisen said. "We just didn't duplicate what we did on the front."
The back nine didn't go as well for De Soto golfers, and the team ended up finishing in eighth place, 26 strokes away from a state berth as a team.
But with a young team, some positives came out of the day.
"That was my biggest thing was I wanted those freshmen to see it and experience it and have a marker with them, somebody that actually keeps their strokes," Brecheisen said. "That's a little different, when they have somebody actually watching them play."
Freshman Brett Williams did well under such conditions, especially on the front nine. Williams posted the lowest score of anybody on the team on the front nine, with a 46. Modereger scored 47 on the front, and Crall 49. Williams finished with a 101, and Kevin Brashears and Drew Roddy posted scores of 104.
"The kids played hard and tried," Brecheisen said. "We made big strides this year in terms of being more consistent as a team."
Roddy is the only player the Wildcats lose to graduation, so this may leave more to be desired for the young squad.
Even so, Roddy was the model of consistency this year for the Wildcats, scoring in the lower-90s and upper-80s all year long and was instrumental in the Wildcats fifth place finish at the league tournament at Eagle Bend Golf Course. Roddy rounded out the scoring on that day with an 88.