GARDEN CITY — It was not the tournament Garden City High School was hoping for, with dozens of teams across the state coming to play 36 holes at Buffalo Dunes and The Golf Club at Southwind, but a win will help quell the disappointment.
The Buffaloes were set to host a massive, 36-hole tournament on Saturday, before cold and snowy weather ruined those hopes this week. Instead, the Buffs had to settle for a Friday tournament at Buffalo Dunes with WAC teams only, which Garden City won with a 313.
Sion Audrain led the Buffs with a 68, the only golfer under par for the day.
Hays took second at 320, followed by Great Bend (346), Dodge City (349) and Liberal (425).
"It didn't matter to them really, I don't think," GCHS head coach Trent Specht said of not being able to host a larger tournament. "I think they wanted to bring in really good teams and really good players, but I think they were just more excited to play and be on their home course."
It's just the second tournament of the spring for the Buffs because of inclement weather, but Friday was a near-perfect day, Specht said.
"It was beautiful today," he said. "It was a touch chilly at the beginning and at the end, but other than that it was great. The course is absolutely beautiful."
Four days ago, the Buffs took second in a 17-team tournament at Newton's Sand Creek Station Golf Course with a 324 team score, and Specht said the Buffs took a step forward Friday as a team.
"The course might be a touch easier than Newton, but we played smarter and played a little bit better, and it showed in our team score," he said.
Freshman Theo Juhl improved his 83 from Tuesday to shoot a 79 Friday at Dunes. Shaddix also improved from his 85 to card an 80 Friday. Reid Richmeier posted an 86 Friday and Noah Ortiz and freshman Aaron Allen each posted 90s.
Hays High was led by Tradgon McCrae’s second-place 72. McCrae was one of three Indian medalists. Josh Norris came in eighth with an 81 followed by Jason Krannawitter in ninth with an 82. Rounding out the top four for the Indians, Tucker Johnson fired an 85 to tie for 12th place. Keaton Schlaefli and Erik Kreutzer each shot a 97.
Hays High will be at home Monday to host the Bob Blazer Invitational, a 1 p.m. tee off at Smoky Hill Country Club.