Hesston High School entries won two of the three competitions at the Swather Special Tournament Thursday at the Hesston Golf Park.


Hesston High School entries won two of the three competitions at the Swather Special Tournament Thursday at the Hesston Golf Park.

The Hesston Black team won the five-man competition at 348, the two-man competition at 264 and the eight-man competition at 642.

The Hesston Red squad was second in the three-man competition at 274.

“They battled out there today,” Hesston coach Grady Pauls said. “Most of us got off to a really rough start. That makes me proud of them.”

Hesston’s Kyle Perry wasn’t supposed to play golf this year, but a football injury kept him off the track team. Playing in a walking boot, Perry was the top senior medalist and the overall medalist with a 76.

“I was pretty happy with it,” Perry said. “There was a little more luck than I would like to admit. I had two eagles on par 5s. I played an overall well round. That was my low for the year.”

“This was his first year playing competitive golf,” Pauls said. “He wasn’t able to compete in track. He’s getting a lot better.”

Hesston put three scores in the 70s and two in the 80s for the five-man title.

“That’s not bad,” Perry said. “We did pretty well as a team. We won our first meet at Wellington. We got third at a tough tournament at Terradyne with Collegiate and Buhler. I didn’t go to our last tournament. I’d like to shoot 70s the rest of the year. That would be nice.”

Hesston has a busy week coming up, competing in the Southeast of Saline Invitational Monday, the Hesston Invitational Tuesday and the Marion County Invitational May 4, a 36-hole tournament.

“This is a big week for us coming up,” Pauls said. “It’s a good way to get ready for league and regionals. ... All we can do is work everyday as hard as we can to prepare for them.”

Newton played in the Swather Special for the first time, winning the three-man competition at 245. A disqualification kept the Railers out of the five-man competition.

“We had some interesting things happen,” Newton coach Paul Buller said. “Ludwig (Risland) had a couple of eagles today. He hit one into the hole from the rough. Lane (Pauls) got off to a rough start with a 41, but he came back with three birdies. That was a really good comeback. Omar (Ramos-Thaw) shot an 81. He rolled the greens twice. The greens were very fast today.”

Lane Pauls won the junior medal at 77, one stroke off the overall medal.

“I started out OK,” Lane Pauls said. “I had trouble putting. I missed a couple of putts, which hurt me. I came back with a couple of birdies on the back. I’ll take it. I missed some opportunities to move up.”

“He had three birdies

While this is Newton’s first tournament at the Hesston course in more than 25 years, Lane Pauls is familiar with it.

“This is my home course,” he said. “I work out here in the summer.”

Newton has little time to think about the tournament. The Railers compete at the Hutchinson Invitational today at Carey Park.

“We leave Newton about 6:15 (a.m.),” Buller said. “We tee off at about 8 o’clock. They have 36 teams — about 180 players. It’s really a tournament where you can compare yourself with anyone in the state. We see a lot of teams we don’t normally see. So we’ll see where we are.”