Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

6A Regional Golf: Beckler, Rural Capture Title in 'Brutal' Winds ; 6A: Beckler Claims Fifth Individual Title

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

6A Regional Golf: Beckler, Rural Capture Title in 'Brutal' Winds ; 6A: Beckler Claims Fifth Individual Title

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DERBY -- A wind advisory was issued Monday in south-central Kansas.

For golfers, the simplified message was, "Don't bother.''

Not those competing, however, in the Class 6A regional at Derby Golf and Country Club. They forged on and battled a consistent 35 mph south wind along the 6,600-yard layout.

It just so happened that Washburn Rural thrived. The Junior Blues claimed the regional crown as four golfers broke 80, led by junior Andrew Beckler's 2-over 73 for medalist honors.

"It was a true test to our depth today,'' Rural coach Jared Goehring said. "I was really proud of the way our kids fought. The course was not easy. The wind was blowing hard.

"I thought we managed our games really well, and that's been a point of emphasis for us all year is to manage our games and realize a bogey may not be a bad score on a day like today.''

Nine is a bad score on any day. Yet Rural senior John Wright overcame that mishap on the par-4 12th (his third hole of the round) and still recorded a 6-over 77. Wright eventually placed fourth after a playoff with David Woods of Manhattan and Quincy Stith of Derby.

"I got that nine, then I doubled the next hole,'' Wright said. "I knew I had to swing away and trust my swing, because what I had done up to that point wasn't working. With a nine, to only shoot a 77, I was happy.''

Seniors Braden Beal and Patric Ball carded 79s to complete Rural's team scoring. Ball topped Beal in a playoff for fifth.

Beckler, as usual, had solid control of his tee ball, in spite of the stiff breeze. He posted two birdies, but was content to settle for mostly pars in the rugged conditions.

"It was really brutal, but all spring it's been windy so we've had a lot of practice in it,'' Beckler said. "I just told myself to stay patient, because a lot of guys were going to go backwards and scores would be high. …

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