Boys golf falls to third in tournament


Katie Whaley

The boys’ golf team played in the Laker Invitational Classic April 12. Though the Bruins went out with a high spirit and practiced hard the days before in preparation, they came out in third place.
Coach Austin Reed believes this wasn’t the fault of the RB players, as they did their best. It was just their competition, Rockhurst High School, who placed first, and St. Louis University High School, who placed second, played better.
“We played great today. Those two teams were just a little better. Our boys stayed positive and maintained focus throughout the round,” Reed said. “I do know [this round] has focused of the guys attention on our top competition in the state. I think they individually learned something different about their golf game and how they contribute to the team today.”
Sophomore Ross Steelman thought his personal game was very strong but was disappointed in the team’s total score.
“I played decently, left a couple out there. I wish I didn’t hit it out of bounce on hole 14, but I’m trying to learn how to take confidence over playing ok,” Steelman said. “Fifteen [was my best hole]. I drove the green and had an easy birdie. [I’m confident in] pretty much everything, I was on with most shots today.”
At Old Kinderhook golf course, where the tournament was held, junior Sam Rentschler did not feel his game was up to par. Though the course was beautiful and the weather perfect, Rentschler never found his comfortable groove.
“I played decent, didn’t putt very well. The greens were aerated which made them really bumpy. Putting well can change the direction of your round, I’m lucky I hit all my irons and wedges really well today,” Rentschler said. “I need to remember to just play boring golf; to hit it in the fairway, hit it in the middle of the green and two putt. Play conservative golf, that’s the safe way always.”