KANSAS — A single glimpse.
That’s all Gibsonburg coach Sam Weigman needed to witness from Cyrus Foos to know good things were going to be happening.
“I saw him on the first hole, and he hit his tee shot right down the fairway,” said Weigman of his returning junior. “Then his second shot landed right on the green, and he two-putted.
“You could just tell by his body language that he was going to have a good day.”
Foos finished fourth overall, carding a career-low round of 5-over 78 as the Golden Bears took fourth at the Bettsville Invitational played Tuesday at Nature Trails Golf Course.
“That’s pretty low for me,” Foos said. “I’m usually a high-80s guy. But I love this course. I golf it all the time.”
New Riegel defended its tournament title, totaling a top-four score of 323. Hopewell-Loudon, which featured individual medalist Bryce Gorrell (1-under 72), took second at 330 with Fostoria St. Wendelin third with a team total of 332.
Those who competed stayed dry, but had to battle wet conditions all around the golf course.
“It was pretty wet in spots,” Foos said. “But if you hit the ball high, it was going to stick where it was.”
Foos’ top hole was the par-5, 458-yard fifth-hole, which he birdied.
“I had a nice third shot there to put me on the green,” he said.
Consistently strong contact on the ball from the club face was a key to Foos’ consistency.
“I was just hitting the ball clean and straight all day,” Foos said. “Off the tee, I was getting good distance and keeping them on the fairway.”
But Foos wasn’t the only one on his team who had a good day. Gibsonburg’s team total of 345 was 20 shots better than the team’s tally the previous day at the Royal Invitational in North Baltimore.
Alex Gibson and Adam Neeb each carded rounds of 87, while Trey Carnicom shot a 93.
“This is our third tournament and with each tournament we’re getting better,” Weigman said. “So we’re heading in the right direction.
“The biggest thing is, the players are playing a lot more comfortable in the tournaments now,” Weigman continued. “They just seemed very relaxed and they were ready to play golf.”
Cole Davidson’s 84 led fifth-place Old Fort (352).
Davidson, a senior who is new to golf, plays soccer for the Stockaders this fall too.
“It’s pretty busy,” Davidson said. “It’s almost like football two-a-days. You have practice in the morning for golf and then you go to practice in afternoon for soccer.”
Davidson’s athletic ability aided in his quick development as a golfer.
“I just started playing,” Davidson said. “I decided to do it because I thought it’d be fun.
“I’ve worked hard on it, though, and gotten a little luck too.”
Matt Hill was Old Fort’s second low scorer with an 87. Brad Heilman shot an 88 and Adam Alexander a 93.
Bettsville, competing with only three varsity golfers, was led by Ryan Hager’s 98.