Crall places 5th, golf team 4th at Sycamore Ridge
Never knowing when Mother Nature will allow the De Soto golf team to continue with its season, the Wildcats have had their game faces on for the past few weeks.
Fortunately, inclement weather was absent for seemingly the first time all season last week as the Wildcats squeezed in a tournament Thursday against Spring Hill at Sycamore Ridge.
De Soto coach Chad Brecheisen said the course played longer and was more challenging than any course his squad will see this season.
“We’ll see Sycamore Ridge one more time this year,” Brecheisen added. “Overall I was very pleased with how the team played.”
The Wildcats took fourth-place out of 12 teams in the tournament, shooting a collective team score of 362. Alex Crall provided the highlight of the tournament when he shot an 85, which was good enough to earn him an individual fifth-place medal.
“(Alex) played extremely well,” Brecheisen said. “In fact — and not to knock any of the guys who played well at Eagle Bend last week— but his 85 at Sycamore Ridge was even more impressive than the 78 and 79 we posted at Eagle Bend in Lawrence.”
Charlie Modereger finished just three shots back of Crall and posted an 88. Mason Wedel and Brandon Philbrook rounded out De Soto’s top-four.
Brecheisen said he’s been pleased with the team’s performance thus far, but noted that it’s difficult to evaluate just how well the team is playing because of its shuffled practice and tournament schedules.
“I would like to think we’re progressing well,” he said. “But we missed practice (Monday) and just haven’t had a good stretch of golf with the weather. We really haven’t got the chance to look at what’s working and what’s not working.”
The squad was scheduled to play in a tournament Monday at Lansing, but rain caused officials to postpone it one week.
Attending to the junior varsity team is next on Brecheisen’s slate, as it will host its first tournament of the year Thursday at Oak Country Golf Course.
“Our JV is all real young players—first or second year players,” he said. “They haven’t had a chance to play in a tournament yet because of rainouts. This should have already been their third tournament.”