Johnson shoots 49 at David City
Lakeview golf was tested by a challenging course at David City and things only became more difficult when the Vikings’ No. 1 golfer Landon Bignell was forced to withdraw part way through the dual.
The Vikings were defeated by David City 183-215 on Monday.
“I think the narrowness of the fairways really messed with us a lot,” said head coach Alex Heard after the meet. “We weren’t accurate off the tee, and that lead to a lot of issues for us today and a lot of situations that we would rather not be in.
“Those days happen, and they battled through some adversity. Overall it’s good to see the kids play. It’s nice to see the competition coming out now.”
Heard said that he excited to see the competition within his team, as players are jockeying for higher spots in the lineup.
“We have kids from the JV that are scoring higher than some of the kids on varsity,” he said. “They’re pushing each other, and that’s been really nice. Now is the time where we need to start seeing a little more consistency.”
Despite being listed in the No. 5 spot, Jaden Johnson shot the low score of the day for the Vikings with a 49.
No. 2 Carsten Loseke shot a 51, No. 3 Logan Jaixen shot a 53 and No. 4 Mason Hinze shot a 62.
Heard felt the Vikings left a few shots out on the course but credited part of that due to the challenge of the layout.
“This is one of the tougher places we’ve played all year,” he said. “Just the narrowness of the fairways makes you have to be accurate off the tee, and if you’re not, you’re going to pay for it. The slopes of the greens and the slopes of the fairways, there’s never a flat line.”
The narrow fairways and hilly course set up difficult short-game situations for the Vikings, adding strokes to total scores.
“I think with that, especially when it came to our wedge game and playing shots around the green, we really had a tough time with getting up and down and setting ourselves up for some easier putts,” head said. “We were putting from deep a lot today and that’s tough. That adds strokes. That’s not what you want to do if you want to score well.”
The low score of the day came from David City’s Will Danielson, who shot a 39.
“Really happy to see (Will Danielson) shot a 39,” Heard said. “He had a great day. He had a really good day of golf for him. As a fan of the game, I can appreciate seeing that from David City.”
Lakeview will have a few days off before the Boone Central/Newman Grove Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Albion Country Club.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org