INDEPENDENCE, Kan. -- Fort Scott High School's golf team took second place to the host school at the Independence Invitational here Thursday, which was not only the season-opening tournament but also one of the four Southeast Kansas League events for the season.
The Tigers, who had three finish in the top 10, shot 336 as a team to finish just three strokes behind Independence. Coffeyville was third at 345 with Iola fourth at 346.
"I was pleased with the way the team competed," Fort Scott head coach Ken Klassen said. "They all had some difficulty on the Independence course, which is challenging, especially in brisk wind like we had yesterday. But the team did a good job adjusting when certain types of shots were not working and maintained their composure when they experienced trouble. I think all of the golfers will now be more confident at Iola next Tuesday, which is also one of the year's designated SEK tournaments."
Independence's Eric Schlange was the individual champion, shooting 37 on the front nine and 39 on the back to finish at 76. Coffeyville's Brett Yeubanks was second at 41-37--78.
Channing Nielson was the first of Fort Scott's medalists, winning a 3-way scorecard playoff to finish fifth at 42-41--83. Tucker Horn and Conner Antonetti were part of a 3-way tie at 84. After tiebreakers were applied, Horn (39-45) was placed ninth and Antonetti (44-40) 10th.
Jonathan Allen missed a medal by one stroke finishing at 40-45--85.
"I've challenged Channing to go after the SEK individual title," Klassen said. "He's very capable of achieving that. And I'd like to see Tucker, Conner, and Jonathan to end up in the top ten. There's, of course, much golf yet to play, but our young team has positioned itself well for the upcoming SEK tournaments.
"Not many freshmen medal in their first varsity tournament; it was especially gratifying to see Conner Antonetti accomplish that. We'll have to continue to work hard to maintain and improve on our first tournament performance of the year."
Also for Fort Scott, Baker Weilert finished with a score of 50-47--97 and Dane Ramsey shot 60-55--115.
The Tigers will play in the second of the four SEK tournaments Tuesday at Iola with play set to begin at 3 p.m.