Knights boys improve on final day of Havasu Golf Invite
After finishing third out of seven teams on the first day of Lake Havasu Invite at Lake Havasu Golf Club, the Knights boys golf team returned to the course on Saturday and bumped themselves up a spot to finish the tournament second overall.
Havasu finished 32 stokes behind Mohave Accelerated Learning Center and 20 stokes ahead of Buckeye Youngker.
“Our goal was to better our score (from the first day) obviously,” Lake Havasu coach Mike Washington said. “I wanted us to beat the score Mohave Accelerated posted on day one because we knew they were going to come back strong the next day.
“We accomplished that, but all of (Mohave Accelerated’s) players stepped up (on Saturday) and played an outstanding round as a team. It was a convincing victory by them and caps off to those guys who did a good job.”
Entering the day, the Knights were only 11 shots behind the Patriots. But as Mohave Accelerated played even better golf than it did on day one, it was out of Havasu’s hands.
Daniel Dion shot an 11-over-par 82 on day two to lead the Knights and finish seventh overall. Dion was also in seventh after day one of the tournament, but on day two finished three stokes better than his day one score.
Cody Ayers also shot a better round on day two. Ayers cut six strokes off of his day one score by finishing 15-over-par on day two, compared to his 21-over-par on day one. Ayers finished tied for 10th place with Kingman’s Hayden Tanner.
Noah Elias cut a stroke off his day one score with a 22-over-par on Saturday. Trent Dreisbach shot three stokes more than his day one score, but tied for 13th place with Elias.
Just like at the conclusion of day one in the tournament, all four of Havasu’s golfers that finished were in the top-15 of the leaderboard. The tournament also marked the last 18-hole meet for seniors Elias and Williams Van Roy.
Despite how much Havasu improved from day one to day two of the tournament, it was the approach between the Knights and the Patriots that separated first from second place according to Washington.
“We were pressing and (Mohave Accelerated) was riding what they’ve been doing all season,” Washington said. “Our course management strategy helped. We didn’t hit the ball particularly well (on Friday) and we had a couple of target choices the guys didn’t make (on day two) and I think that contributed to a lot of the improvement.”
The Knights have one more home meet at 12 p.m. on Friday against the Yuma schools Gila Ridge and Cibola before the season comes to a close.
It will be the last chance for the Havasu golfers to bump out any previous high scoring rounds to qualify for the state tournament before the season ends on Friday for all schools.