Rain hinders boys golf in first meet

Jacob Clanton, Sports Editor

Rain was the story of the week for Manhattan High sports. Though the boys golf team’s first meet wasn’t cancelled, the rain increased the difficulty.

“The course was very saturated in water,” senior Wesley Grogan said, “so the ball didn’t release or roll out as much in the fairway and it just kept the course a little bit more difficult to play.”

As such, the team didn’t reach their expectations.

“We feel like we could’ve done better,” junior Ben Robben said. “We didn’t play as well as we had hoped.”

The team still came away with a score of 349 at the Shawnee Mission Northwest Invitational, playing on the par 71 Lake Quivira Country Club course Monday. Robben led the team with an 82, as Grogan was next with an 84.

Though golf is an individual game, team prep is still needed.

“Individually, you really need to work on your game so you can know where you’re at and what you need to and be capable of,” Grogan said. “As a team, you definitely work together [by] building each other up and helping each other become better players.”

Even so, once the golfer gets on the course, it’s all them.

“My favorite thing about playing golf is that it’s all you out there,” Robben said. “Even though you’re playing on a team, you can’t rely on your teammates to hit your shots and if you hit a bad shot, you are the only one who is to blame for it.”