DANVILLE — Bismarck-Henning’s Andy Bott stumbled out of the gate, but clawed his way back to a three-over-par 75 at the Viking Invitational on Friday for the lowest local individual score at Turtle Run Golf Course
“I started off four over after five holes, so what I’m taking out of it is that I came back,” Bott said. “I started to get down, then (Bis-Henn coach) Terry French got a hold of me … he’s one of the main reasons I can turn my round around. He just puts me in a better mood and I end up relaxing and playing better.”
Bott’s 75 led the way for his team as the Blue Devils carded a 322, earning ninth place while other area schools: Danville, Schlarman and Oakwood pulled up the rear with 14th, 15th and 16th place finishes respectively.
David Warren shot a 79 for Bismarck-Henning while Logan Reifsteck shot a 83 and Noah Campbell carded a 85.
Reed Krynski shot a 85 to lead the Vikings while Brad Taylor and Tristian Wolfe carded a 90 and Kevin Lichtenberger had a 98.
Devon Gondry led Schlarman Academy with a 91 while Brandon Rowe shot an 80 to lead Oakwood.
The overall indvidual winner was Normal Community’s Brady Quackenbush, who earned his second individual victory of the season and the best round of his life, a four-under-par 68.
Along with Quackenbush’s individual win in the shotgun start, came a team win for Normal Community. The Ironmen won the event by four strokes after shooting a 297 as a team.
“I really read the greens just right, and my iron game was on fire,” Quackenbush said after leading his team to victory. “But, putting is what got me low.”
While Quackenbush and Saint Thomas More’s Chris Tate – who shot a two-under-par 70, and finished in second place—were the only two players to find red numbers, Quackenbush wasn’t the only one in his foursome to leave Danville with hardware.