‘A good day’: Free State 3rd, LHS takes 15th at Free State golf invite

Free State High golfer Coleman Houk pitches onto a green Wednesday at Eagle Bend during the Free State High School Invite golf tournament.

Free State golfer Jack Junge lines up a putt Wednesday at Eagle Bend during the Free State High School Invite golf tournament.

Lawrence High golfer Braxton Olson putts Wednesday at Eagle Bend during the Free State High School Invite golf tournament.

Lawrence High golfer Brent Cahwee putts Wednesday at Eagle Bend during the Free State High School Invite golf tournament.

Freshman Jack Flynn and junior Matthew Siler shot rounds of 5-over-par 77 to lead the Free State boys golf team to a third-place finish at the FSHS Invitational Wednesday at Eagle Bend Golf Course.

Flynn and Siler finished in a tie for 10th, and teammates Jack Junge and Hunter Dedloff were close behind, carding rounds of 78 and 79, respectively.

“Any time we bring home medals, it’s a good day,” FSHS coach Matt Gudenkauf said. “That’s kind of the way I feel about it. I’m more proud of the fact that we took a team medal.”

With a steady 25 mph wind out of the southeast, Flynn was pleased to put together a consistent round, but he said he felt he still has a lot of room for improvement.

“I thought like I played pretty well, but I should’ve shot better, though,” Flynn said.

Heading into the round, Gudenkauf believed most of the leading scores would be in the low to mid-70s. His prediction held true with the exception of Shawnee Mission East’s Andrew Spencer’s low round of 3-under 69.

“It’s about what I expected with the wind,” Gudenkauf said. “The 69, that’s crazy. I didn’t expect that.”

FSHS will play Monday at Topeka Country Club, which also serves as the location of the Class 6A state tournament.

“It’s a much more difficult course — tighter fairways, a lot of trees, thick rough,” Gudenkauf said. “I don’t think you’ll see that many scores in the 70s out there.”

LHS places 15th

Lawrence High had a variety of obstacles to overcome Wednesday, but the Lions came together to make head coach Dirk Wedd proud on a difficult day.

Lawrence’s Nos. 1 and 2 golfers, Narito Mendez and Tucker Sutter, had to drop out in the middle of the tournament in order to practice the Lawrence High choral department’s production of “Showtime.”

“I love for our kids to be active in school events, and ‘Showtime’ is a big thing for us and Lawrence High,” Wedd said. “They are a big part of that. Narito has a solo, so that is really cool.”

Freshman Cole Brungardt stepped into the Lions’ top spot and shot a round of 80.

Brungardt was consistent, carding 12 pars, four bogeys and two doubles. One of his two double bogeys came on No. 8, which Flynn and Brungardt said was the toughest hole on the course.

“No. 8 was a par-3, and it seemed like everyone was taking bogey as a good score,” Brungardt said. “Everybody kept hitting it out-of-bounds.”

In the No. 2 position for the Lions was sophomore Braxton Olson. Olson played with a heavy heart after his father died Tuesday night.

Olson’s performance did not go unnoticed by Wedd or Brungardt, as they both admired his courage to play under tough circumstances.

“I thought Braxton played pretty well,” Brungardt said, “especially coming off what he’s had to deal with personally.”

Wedd added, “We wish all the best for him and his family. To shoot 84 in the situation he was put in is amazing.”

Team Scores: Shawnee Mission East 301, Washburn Rural 304, Free State “A” 311, St. Thomas Aquinas 314, Olathe East 318, Topeka Seaman 321, Blue Valley West 323, Blue Valley Northwest 328, Blue Valley 329, St. James 335, Olathe Northwest 337, Blue Valley Southwest 341, Gardner 342, Blue Valley 343, Lawrence High 346, Free State “B” 349, Shawnee Heights 352, Shawnee Mission West 352, Bishop Miege 363, Shawnee Mission South 367, Leavenworth 381, Topeka High 390, Shawnee Mission Northwest 414.

Free State “A” Results

10 Jack Flynn 37-40–77

11 Matthew Siler 38-39–77

12 Jack Junge 42-36–78

14 Hunter Dedloff 39-40–79

47 Coleman Houk 43-41–84

76 Austin Kastl 45-43–88

Free State “B” Results

47 Carson Ziegler 42-42–84

58 Colton Steele 40-45–85

80 Justin Siler 45-45–90

80 Bailey Pfannenstiel 42-48–90

115 Ty Stewart 51-50–101

118 John Anderson 49-55–104

Lawrence High Results

22 Cole Brungardt 40-40–80

47 Braxton Olson 43-41–84

80 Garrett Wildeman 43-47–90

90 Brent Cahwee 46-46–92

Narito Mendez DNF

Tucker Sutter DNF