Miles Buttress wasn’t sure how to respond to the weather at Monday’s Suburban Big Seven Conference Championships boys golf tournament at Adams Pointe Golf Club.
The weather was a balmy 70 degrees and there was barely a hint of wind.
“We’re used to playing in 25 mph winds and freezing temperatures,” quipped Buttress, who shot a 78 to finish second in the conference tournament to medalist Charlie Russell (76) of Lee’s Summit West. “It took a while to get used to playing in great weather. This is the first time this year we’ve been able to play in short-sleeve shirts and shorts.
“We’re used to wearing gloves and two or three layers of clothing. It’s so nice to just go out and play golf and concentrate on the course. I just wish one or two putts or shots would have been a little bit better so we could have won conference as a team.”
Much like the individual medal race, Buttress’ Jaguars lost to the Titans 324-325.
“That was tough,” South coach Casey Enright said, forcing a smile. “But that’s golf. That’s what makes it so great when it goes your way and so tough when you lose, like we did today, a conference championship by one stroke.”
When asked about his play, Buttress said he was pleased with his consistency.
“I didn’t have any great holes or any really, really bad holes,” Buttress said. “When I play like I did today, I can turn in a pretty good score. Everyone on the team was all-conference or honorable mention. I proud of how we played as a team today.”
Following the Titans and Jaguars were Lee’s Summit (337), Park Hill (347), Lee’s Summit North (349), Blue Springs (350) and Raymore-Peculiar (361).
South’s Dylan Boyer and Lee’s Summit North’s Michael Foster finished in a tie for fifth (80) to earn all-conference honors.
Blue Springs’ Blake Whetstone (85) and Ben Podjenski (86), South’s Grant Williamson (83), Ryan Dykhouse (84) and Grant Wall (85) and North’s Brock Witmer (86) were all honorable mention all-conference.
“Today was kind of like the rest of the tournaments we’ve played this year,” North coach Kevin Harrison said, “we have two or three guys get the job done and then are looking for some others to help us get a good team score.
“I believe our best golf is ahead of us – hopefully next Monday at district or the following week at sectional”
Blue Springs coach Doug Gillispie agreed.
“We’re such a young team, Ben and Blake shot well today, and from the start of the season we’re lowering our team scores by 35 to 50 strokes. We want to be playing our best golf right now. We just need to get that tournament where everyone shoots their best round and we could surprise some people.”