Heat plays havoc with prep golfers

VanKirk finishes third at Havasu girls invitational

Rebekah VanKirk

Rebekah VanKirk

KINGMAN - Sweltering heat forced scores to rise like the temperature at the London Bridge Invitational golf tournament Friday and Saturday in Lake Havasu City. The boys and girls teams from Kingman and Lee Williams High played in the event.

"It is not easy to walk 18 holes on back-to-back days in 100-plus degree heat," said LWHS boys coach Stephen Shuffler. "Playing in those conditions is always a great learning experience in conditioning, hydrating and course management."

Kingman's Rebekah VanKirk finished third overall in the girl's event. VanKirk shot 44-over-par for a two-day, 36-hole total 188.

Mariah Sammeli couldn't recover from Friday's round in the heat to play Saturday. Connie Peterson finished with a 220 for the Lady Bulldogs.

Kingman did not qualify as a team with only two golfers finishing.

"They played in the hot part of the day with temps reaching 108 when they were finishing up," said KHS girls coach Ron Bowman. "I'm proud of all three of them for battling through the heat. It took a lot out of them."

Lee Williams' Kaci Kay shot a 247 and Sarah White a 296 for the two days. The Lady Vols did not qualify as a team.

In the boys tournament, Lee Williams finished third (732), just five strokes behind second-place Dobson (727). Havasu won the championship with a 682. Kingman was fourth (852) and Mohave finished last (899).

The Vols were led by Savion Levrets. He shot 88-89 for a two-day total 179.

"Savion led the way for us," Shuffler said. "I'm real happy for him to play well. I'm looking for him to keep it rolling the rest of the year."

Brandon Carver and Corey Smith were one stroke behind Leverts with 180s. Chase Williams came in with a 193, and Richard Serrano finished with a 198.

Lee Williams finished Friday's round just six shots off the lead. The Vols couldn't keep pace on Saturday.

"The boys never got it going on Day 2," Shuffler said. "They all played hard and had fun."

Kingman was led by Derek Jones (197), Derek Brown (224) and Brad Duszynski (242).

"Everyone in the tournament was put to the test last weekend," said KHS boys coach Chad Baitinger. "It was brutal. I'm proud of my boys making it through all 36 holes."

The LWHS boys team hosted Bradshaw Mountain and Mohave at Valle Vista Golf Course Tuesday. Results were not available by deadline.

The girls teams play with Centennial at Cerbat Cliffs at 3 p.m. today, and the Kingman boys team hosts Lee Williams, Havasu and Mohave at CCGC at 3 p.m. Tuesday.