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Kimball tops at Bayard golf invite
April 08, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Posting a team score of 334, the Kimball Longhorns came away with the win at the Bayard Golf Invitational on April 5 in their first meet of the season. The home team had a score of 438, placing them in ninth among the 14-team field.

Bayard golf coach Jim Roberts said conditions weren’t that bad in the morning at Chimney Rock Golf Course. However, the wind really picked up in the afternoon and clouds moved in, making it rather chilly.

Roberts said several of the players are still dealing with nerves, as the home event was the first competitive outing for the younger kids. Plus, the new scoring venue takes a toll. On a nine-hole course where players go around twice, the back nine is longer because the tee spots are moved for the second round.

“Most of our scores got better on the second round,” Roberts said.
“Usually players add a couple of strokes because of the added distance. I think they got used to the course on the front nine, so there were able to improve the next time around.”

Roberts said finishing ninth isn’t that bad for their first event of the season because many team members hadn’t been under the pressure of tournament play before.

“We’re going to keep after it and improving on our skills and the mental part of the game,” he said. “Hopefully we can continue driving our team score down. We’ll used each event as a stepping stone on to bigger and better things.”

Runner-up for the invite was Bridgeport with 346, followed by Mullen at 374. Among other local team competing, Mitchell finished 10th at 443, followed by Morrill in 11th at 450.

Manny Acosta led Bayard in individual scoring, carding a 98. Alex Araujo was in second with a round of 111, followed closely by Dawson Kriha at 113.

Jordan Greenwood of Kimball topped the individual standing board at the event, carding a round of 72 on the day. Seth Marcoe of Mitchell led the Tigers with a 91 score and Braeden Stumpler of Morrill was their individual leader at 103. Eric Stevens led Bridgeport with a 79 total.

Bayard will next take the course at Mitchell on April 12. Roberts said the same architects that designed the Bayard course also designed Mitchell.

“The Mitchell course is built somewhat similar to ours,” he said. “It has big greens and is a great place to golf if the weather cooperates.”

Roberts added that in the past, the team usually improves after their first event. Some players had their best score or made their biggest leap in their second tournament, which is Mitchell. He called those scores a “litmus test” for the rest of the season.

“I think the players will make that leap forward at Mitchell,” Roberts said. “Still, golf is a game of unexpected things.”
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