Havasu golf wins season-opening meet in Buckeye
By James Towney
The first official match of the fall season for Lake Havasu sports turned out to be a success.
The Knights’ boys golf won as a team over Buckeye and Glendale Apollo at Sundance Golf Club in Buckeye as four Havasu golfers claimed the top five finishing spots.
“It went really well for us on (Thursday),” Lake Havasu coach Mike Washington said. “We are new to this region and did not know much about the other players going in. But we did have information about the course, so that helped us with our game plan.”
Junior Cody Ayers shot a round of 39 over nine holes to take first place. Besides the three bogeys Ayers scored on holes No. 2, 4 and 8, he was able to par the remaining holes to hang onto the top spot.
Havasu’s No. 3, senior Noah Elias, shot a 40 to take second place. Elias bogeyed the majority of his holes but was able to stay in the mix with three pars and on hole No. 9 shot a birdie.
Junior Daniel Dion, Havasu’s No. 1, had a rough start but was able to adjust his game late to finish third with a round of 44.
The wind was a factor on Tuesday for some golfers, but some, like Dion, was able to use it to their advantage.
Dion double bogeyed the first hole and triple bogeyed hole No. 5. But Dion salvaged his scored with an eagle on hole No. 9.
“Daniel hit a 320-yard drive to clear the ravine on the par 5 and set himself up for a nice approach to the green,” Washington said. “An eagle is rare at the high school level. So I was glad to see Daniel to finish strong.”
Rounding out the top five finishers for the in the match was sophomore Hayden Bekkedahl who shot a 56 over nine holes.
With the first win of the season out of the way, the Knights will look to keep things going Phoenix next Friday and Saturday for the Arizona High School Fall Preview at the Grand Canyon University golf course.
The tournament will see each golfer play two rounds of 18-holes and a lot of the Havasu golfers said they have circled on their calendar this season.
“It going to be a good experience for the guys to play 18 holes of golf,” Washington said. “There is also going to be a lot of talent and competition out there. So it will give us a good chance to see other golfers and how the competiton is stacking up in our division.”