Red Devil golfers open fall on an upswing

Register Sports Editor

Register/Jocelyn Sheets
Members of the 2009-2010 Allen County Community College golf team are (left to right), front row, Cole Starkey, Will Clark; back row, Rob Carlson, Gavin Cole, Nick Agnew, Bryant Welch, Micah Specht.

Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference golf is unique in itself among conference sports. Competition is divided into a fall and spring session with championships and nationals in the spring.
Allen County Community College’s Red Devils opened the 2009-2010 season last week with a third-place finish. It was the highest an ACCC team had placed in a KJCCC designated tournament since 2001.
“Our goal is always to post four scored in the 70s. We did that in the afternoon round where we had the second-best team score,” said Mike Hayes, ACCC head coach.
“Before we started the season, I had a good feeling about the team. We don’t have a single standout player like we’ve had in the past two seasons.
“All seven of our guys give us a solid team.”
The Red Devils have four returning sophomores in Nick Agnew of Topeka, Will Clark of Wamego, Gavin Cole of Moran and Bryant Welch of Goddard. Joining them are freshmen Rob Carlson of Topeka, Cole Stuckey of Cottonwood Falls and Micah Specht of Chanute.
Carlson led the Red Devils to third in the Aug. 31 KJCCC designated tournament at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield. He carded a 150 for the 36-hole event.
Carlson tied for sixth in the tournament with totals of 73 and 77 each day after 18 holes of golf. Welch finished 11th with two even days (76-76) for a final total of 152.
“Many times in the past we have had difficulty placing one player in the top 20 scores of the tournament. This time we had four players in the top 20,” Hayes said.
Agnew shot a 154 (80-74) for a tie for 15th. Clark had a 155 (80-75), tying for 17th. Cole finished with a 185 (93-92).
Johnson County won the tournament with a 588. Hutchinson took second with a 598. Allen County posted a 611 for third followed by Dodge City at 618, Kansas City, Kan., at 619.
“We have a good mix of experienced sophomores and freshmen. This was a great start for the season,” Hayes said.
Allen County has two more Jayhawk Conference designated tournaments in the fall — Monday at Terradyne Golf Course in Andover, and Sept. 28 at Turkey Creek in McPherson.
The Red Devils play in the William Jewell Fall Invitational Sept. 21 in Liberty, Mo., and in the KCKCC Fall Invitational on Oct. 12-13.