A day after posting their best team effort to date at their home Invitational, the Pratt High School golf team found the going a little tougher over at Kingman in the Central Kansas League meet.
PHS finished 5th with a team total of 370. CKL champs are Hesston who posted a 319 team score.
No one finished in the top 10 for Pratt, but three Greenbacks were in the top 25. Spence Sullivan again led the Frog linksters with a 44-46-90, which placed him 16th. In 18th was Navarre Strapp with 48-42-90. Tyler Skaggs shot 49-44-93 to take 22nd.
Other finishers for Pratt included Hunter Walker, 54-48-102; Skylar Stalcup 49-48-97; and Alec Hampton 51-50-101.
A 9-hole course, Kingman is not long, but has a lot of contour around the greens. It was the first time any of Pratt’s golfers had ever seen the course, and it required a different style of play than they were used to.
“The greens are very small,” explained PHS head coach Andy Kisner, “Because of that, it is very difficult to hit a lot of greens on this course. Missed greens here usually result in a bogey or worse. The short game is crucial around these type of greens.”
“Basically, placement off the tee is important, and knowing where to place the ball comes from playing the course several times,” Kisner continued.
The Frogs were able to make adjustments as most of them improved their scores the second time around the circuit, but it was not enough to get them into contention for the league title.
The Greenbacks will travel to Ulysses Sunday to play a practice round on the course that will host the 4A regional on Monday. “We are hoping to qualify as many guys as possible for state,” Kisner concluded.