Bayard claims fourth team title this season
     2013-05-09      By Terry Gaston    sports@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/Gering Citizen - The Bayard Boys’ Golf Team members are front row from left, Tyson Schmunk, Nick Lopez, Manuel Acosta, Joe Hernandez, back row from left: Richard Kadayso, Ethan Marker, Conner Kildow, Trey Blanco, and Chandler Cox. 
After a year in which Bayard had no state qualifiers, the Tigers have won four team titles in five tournaments.

Asked what might have entered the proverbial water at Chimney Rock Golf Course that has led to Bayard’s success this weather-shortened spring season, Roberts – a longtime science teacher who rarely if ever passes on the opportunity to reply with a good dry-witted quip – had an appropriately seasonal response.

“What’s in the water has been snow most of the time,” Roberts bluntly replied. “It’s hampered our ability to practice and play, as it has all the other teams. We’ve all kind of been in the same boat, but their games are starting to come around, and hopefully they’re coming around for us to turn in a good team score at districts.”

Blanco scored his second medalist victory and fifth top-four finish of the spring with his 80, while Tiger senior Tyson Schmunk took third at 84.

Junior first-year player Joe Hernandez added a sixth-place finish for Bayard with his 90. Junior David Schuler rounded out the Tigers’ winning four-man score with his 99, and junior Richard Kadayso followed with a 125.

Roberts credits his players’ hard work since last season in attributing the Tigers’ successes this spring.

“If any team is successful, you have to contribute it to work in the offseason,” Roberts said. “The kids that golf in the summer months are more ready to pick their clubs up and play during the season than the kids that are not.

Specifically in Bayard’s case, “Trae golfed all summer long, and Tyson – who wasn’t a bad golfer last year – is a much-improved golfer this year, but he worked at the golf course and played over the summer, and Joe is the same way. A year of practice and play, and just a year of basic maturity, helps the golfer a lot as they go through their high school careers.”

The Scottsbluff junior varsity finished in second with a 377 total, and the junior Bearcats’ top four finished seventh through 10th. Alex Harbach led the pack with his 93, with Brandon White eighth at 93, Sean Mercer-Smith in ninth at 94 and Bryce Meier in 10th at 97.

Mitchell finished third in Division II at 374, led by Peyton Briggs’ fourth-place finish at 88. Kimball was fourth at 412 and Morrill was fifth at 474.

Bayard, Mitchell and Bridgeport – the only team to break the Tigers’ team streak this season – will be in the District C-5 Tournament at Kearney’s Meadowlark Hills course on Monday. Morrill will be in District D-5 action at Hillside Country Club, hosted by Potter-Dix.

“They pulled in a couple teams from the east that we never see, so it will be interesting to see how well we compare to the way they golf,” Roberts said. “I think there will be several teams in the mix to try and see who gets to go to state.”

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