Kansas City Kansas Community College used a big finish to climb into a tie for fourth place in the Evangel Fall Invitational golf tournament Sept. 16-17.
Seven shots back of the Science and Arts College of Oklahoma after 18 holes, the Blue Devils chopped 16 strokes off their opening round in the tourney played at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri, Golf Digest’s No. 1 ranked municipal course in Missouri.
Bethany College took first place with a 603 total followed by Williams Baptist, 611; Evangel University, 626; KCKCC and Oklahoma Science and Arts, both 640; and College of the Ozarks, 666.
Sophomore Cam Riley of Liberal continued his outstanding fall start, firing a pair of 75’s to finish in a tie for third in the medalist competition. Freshmen Jacob Hall of Tonganoxie and Dylan Freund of Cheney had identical 84-78-162 finishes to tie for 18th. Mark Towey (85-81-166) of Bishop Carroll tied for 22nd; Kellen Welsh (86-82-168) of Olathe West placed 25th; and Keegan Ellington (88-84-172) of Andover Central deadlocked for 30th. All are freshmen.
“I think our young men learned a lot,” KCKCC coach Gary Shrader said. “Rivercut is a difficult course, more than 7,000 yards (7,066) with a lot of fairway bunkers and water hazards; a big contrast to Salina Municipal where we played our first tournament. And it was hot, miserably hot. So it was a good learning experience for our young team.”
The Blue Devils return to a more friendly course Monday and Tuesday when they compete in the Ottawa Invitational at Eagle Bend in Lawrence.
There were winners all around as Kansas City Kansas Community College golfers joined with Kansas Special Olympians for an afternoon of golf Friday.
Nearly a dozen Special Olympians played nine holes of golf with the Blue Devils, family members and others as part of the Eastern Kansas Regional held at Smiley’s Golf Course in Lenexa. Other Special Olympians took part in a series of activities including putting, chipping and long drive competitions highlighted by a presentation of medals.
“Everyone had a real good time,” KCKCC golf coach Gary Shrader said. “There was a lot of cheering and high-fiving. Those kids are really special, very caring and loving. I know our players enjoyed it. When they were offered the invitation to join the event, they jumped at it. No hesitation whatever.”
Blue Devil players taking part included sophomore Cam Riley of Liberal and freshmen Jacob Hall of Tonganoxie, Keegan Ellington of Andover Central, Dylan Freund of Cheney, Mark Towey of Wichita’s Bishop Carroll and Kellen Welsh of Olathe West.
Bishop Ward High School lost 44-14 to the visiting Pembroke Hill Raiders on Friday evening at the Cyclones’ homecoming football game.
Ward scored on its opening drive, stringing together productive plays from senior running back Jared Templin to advance down the field, and then capping off the drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Christian Stein to Christopher Galloway.
Pembroke Hill struck back quickly and then kept up the pressure through the second and third quarters, owning a 20-6 halftime lead and moving ahead 30-6 in the third quarter. Ward continued to move the ball on runs by Templin, but couldn’t keep drives going due to penalties and blocking miscues.
Ward’s defense made an admirable stand in the third quarter. After the Cyclones surrendered a fumble on their own 6-yard line, the defense held the Raiders to a field goal after only 1 yard of progress on three plays.
Ward capped off the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 7-yard run by Templin, and a 2-point point conversion pass from Stein to Sam Alexander. The Cyclones’ two touchdowns were the most since a September 2017 game against Turner.
The loss drops Bishop Ward to 0-3 for the season. The Cyclones will play host to the Jefferson West Tigers of Meriden, Kansas, at 7 p.m. next Friday.