Archive for Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Lions win individual, team titles

LHS golf team cruises, Fulbright snags medal

May 21, 2003


Twenty hours of waiting was worth it for Lawrence High's boys golf team.

The Lions left Monday's Class 6A regional tournament at Eagle Bend Golf Course in first place, and senior Thomas Fulbright was clinging to a one-stroke lead -- but play was suspended due to lightning, leaving six golfers still on the course.

It didn't matter. When things finished Tuesday afternoon, the Lions claimed a seven-stroke victory over Olathe East, and Fulbright took individual honors after Overland Park Aquinas' Mike Robben finished with a 75, two strokes back of Fulbright.

The Lions placed three golfers in the top 10 and head to the state tournament for the second straight season. Senior Zach Blevins' 76 gave him fourth place, while junior Daniel Brumley was sixth with a 78. Seniors Scott Andrews, Thomas Shmalberg and Jon Moseley carded 82, 83 and 87, respectively.

Fulbright, Blevins and Shmalberg all won tournament titles this year.

"I've seen so much potential in them," LHS coach Ron Commons said. "Three of them had won different tournaments throughout the year. For them to win regionals is just a matter of them all putting it together on the same day."

Free State senior Aaron Webber shot an 80 and was the lone Firebird to qualify for state. Aquinas was the other team qualifier because one of Olathe North's top players was disqualified for cheating.

"It was a tough day for the coaches and some of the teams with what happened out there," Commons said. "We're fortunate to come away with the tournament championship."

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