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Knights golfers can’t catch Mohave at Kingman High Invite

September 8, 2018 GMT

The Lake Havasu boys golf team did not take home the top prize on Friday at the Kingman High School Invitational at Cerbatt Cliff Golf Course. Instead, the Knights took second out of seven teams only seven shots behind Mohave Accelerated.

They did learn a lot about themselves as individuals and a team, though. At this point in a season that is still young, that is all Lake Havasu coach Mike Washington can ask for, as Havasu sets its sights on a bigger goal at the end of the season — the state tournament.

“(On Friday) I had at least four guys prove to me they can shoot below a 90 over 18 holes,” Washington said. “I like what I’m seeing out there. The attitudes and mental ability to learn from their mistakes. I told them in the morning they have a chance to win a championship. They just have to take care of it.”

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A day after shooting an even-par 36 and taking medalist honors in Glendale, junior Cody Ayers again led the Knights with a 12-over-par 84. Washington said Ayers struggled from the start but after a couple of holes was able to get loose when he birdied his third hole of the meet.

Havasu sophomore Trent Dreisbach set a personal best with an 86 in his first time playing 18-holes on the varsity level.

“We’ve been trying to get Trent to see his potential,” Washington said. “I think he surprised himself a little bit (on Friday). Now he sees what he is capable of.”

Like Ayers, junior Daniel Dion got off to a rough start after hitting a triple-bogey, a par and two double-bogeys to start his round. However, Washington said Dion played the more difficult back nine holes better to finish with an 88 on the day.

“I think the way Daniel played speaks a lot about his character,” Washington said. “The fact that he has the mindset of ‘what’s done is done. I’m going to go get that next shot.’ I think that says a lot about how he approaches the game.”

The Kingman course gave the Knights lone senior Noah Elias a tough time as he shot a 93 to finish the day. Washington described Elias’ day as an anomaly though because he said he knows for a fact his trio of older players — Ayers, Dion and Elias — are all capable of shooting lower than they did.

“I think the three older guys learned more about their game (on Friday),” Washington said. “And Trent learned in a different way in that he is capable.

“For a young guy like Trent to learn he is capable and for the older guys to realize ‘hey, I am still learning.’ It was a good day for us.”

Havasu is on the road again next week on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in San Luis for its next match. The Knights have three more matches on the road before returning to Havasu for a four-game homestand to close out the season.

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