Morris leads Warriors golf
Peabody golf coach Jim Pohlman believes the four returning letter winners for the Warriors can compete with anyone.
Senior Tommy Morris placed 65th with a score of 97 last year at the state tournament at Seneca. Morris and graduate Matt Hiebert both qualified for the state tournament with top 20 placements at the regional tournament in Ellinwood and helped the Warriors place fourth in the tournament.
Morris had two top five finishes last year. He placed second at the Peabody-Burns Invitational tournament and fourth at the tournament in Hesston. Morris also earned a 15th place finish at the Marion varsity golf tournament, helping the team place eighth. The Warriors placed second in the Peabody-Burns Invitational.
Morris is a fifth-year senior for the golf team, since he practiced with the high schoolers when he was in junior high. Pohlman said he brings tremendous confidence and driving ability to the course.
“He can hit the ball a long ways,” Pohlman said.
Joining Morris as returning letter winners are fellow senior McKenzie Ensminger, junior Cierra Foth, and sophomore Brooks Hodges.
Having two experienced girl golfers makes the PBHS team unique. Pohlman said Ensminger acts like one of the guys on the course and that Foth is no different.
“Both girls are competitive,” Pohlman said.
What the girls lack in strength, they make up for in accuracy, often delivering drives to the middle of the fairway.
Pohlman expects Hodges to improve on a strong freshman season. Accuracy is where he would like to see the sophomore golfer improve.
Senior Joe Partridge and sophomore Brent Buller are new to the team and new to golf, Pohlman said.
The team begins the season at 3 p.m. April 1 in El Dorado. Then travels to Herington at1 p.m. April 2. Peabody-Burns has its tournament April 9 at Fox Ridge in Newton.