Rough start for SC golfers at Buffalo Dunes

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Scott City senior Trace Mulligan hits a chip shot into the 16th green at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course on Monday morning.

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Scott City senior Trace Mulligan hits a chip shot into the 16th green at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course on Monday morning.

By Rod Haxton, editor

There’s nothing quite like starting your golf season on the toughest course on your schedule.

That was the challenge facing the Scott Community High School golfers when they hit the links at the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City on Monday.

The tournament started an hour late so that frost could melt off the greens, but it was otherwise a near-perfect day under unusually calm conditions for a Western Kansas tournament. Despite the ideal weather, only three golfers in the field broke 80 on the 18-hole layout and none of the SCHS team broke 90.

Sophomore Shay Morris led the team with a 95, followed by senior Trace Mulligan (96), freshman Jackson Lewis (104) and junior Dexter Gooden (106).

“Given the lack of practice time we’ve had and the difficulty of the course, the boys played fairly well,” says head coach Brian Gentry.

“The biggest adjustment was the speed of the greens and the difficulty in reading putts,” he says. “If you have trouble with your short game it’s going to cost you a lot of strokes on a course like this.”

Gentry had hopes of seeing Morris and Mulligan break 90.

“They did a good job of grinding it out on some holes. When they struggled, they kept their composure and stayed mentally tough,” he says.

 

It was also the first varsity action for Lewis and Strine. Other team members are Austin Rios, Theron Tucker and Alec Berry.

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