Knights golf on the course
Lake Havasu junior Cody Ayers shot a two-over-par 38 to take home medalist honors in the boys team final meet of the season against Yuma schools, Gila Ridge and Cibola, on Tuesday.
The Knights also took first in team scores, outshooting Gila Ridge by nine strokes to cap off their season with a win.
“It was nice to get the W because (Gila Ridge) is a tough squad and they have some good players on their team,” Lake Havasu boys coach Mike Washington said. “Cody was on fire. He was firing the ball at the greens. He didn’t get his birdie putts to drop, but he was leaving himself with a chance for par. He’s come a long way and shown some promise.”
Junior Daniel Dion was a stroke behind Ayers with a 39 and sophomore Trent Dreisbach shot a 44 for fifth place.
Seniors Noah Elias and William Van Rooy played their last match as members of the Havasu golf team on Tuesday. Elias finished tied for seventh place with Cibola’s Michael Moreno after shooting a 46 and Van Rooy shot a 49 to finish in ninth place.
“Our seniors battled all year,” Washington said. “We had a good laugh (on Tuesday). I was telling Noah and Will stories about them when they were freshmen. They’ve been a lot of fun to have around and it’s nice to see them go out with a team win.”
The Knights are not sending any individual golfers to the state tournament this season. These past two seasons are the only ones in Washington’s tenure as the coach where Havasu has not sent at least one golfer to the tournament.
However, the win on senior day for the Knights was a good send off for their veteran players and a step in the right direction for the younger ones who will now take on the leadership roles moving forward.
“I think it shows (our seniors) the program they’ve been a part of for the past four years is in good hands,” Washington said. “They’ve done a good job leading the team and we are going to celebrate them moving on.”
The girls team took second to Gila Ridge on Tuesday as the Hawks barely outshot the Knights by nine strokes.
“We shot a 207 as a team,” Lake Havasu girls coach Jerome Kosters said. “There’s only been one other time this season where we shot under 200. Even though we didn’t win, I was very happy with the scores.”
Sophomore Jenica Delaney led the Knights with a score of 46, senior Tara Scribner followed with a 48 and senior Alexa Alba scored a 53 to round out the Knights top-three scores.
Delaney has a shot at qualifying for the individual state tournament in Tucson at the end of the month. The sophomore is about six spots out from the last qualifying spot according to Kosters.
Unlike the boys team, the girls still have two more matches on their schedule before the season ends. Kosters said in order for Delaney to really put herself in contention, she is going to have to shoot in the high-30s, low-40s to bump some higher scores from earlier in the season off her resume.
While it is a stretch, this is sports and anything can happen.
“There is always a chance,” Kosters said. “Jenica is very aggressive and dominant. She just wants to do well. I expect her to shoot well in these last two matches and at least bump some of those higher scores out.”
The girls team is back out on the course at Lake Havasu Golf Club again today at 12 p.m. to face Lee Williams.