Shawnee Heights rides balance to 10-stroke UKC golf crown

Rick Peterson



Shawnee Heights' boys golf team dominated Monday's United Kansas Conference tournament at Shiloh Springs Golf Course in Platte City, Mo., putting five players in the top eight places individually en route to winning the team title by a 329-339 margin over Basehor-Linwood.

ShawneeHeightsgolfShawnee Heights poses for a team picture after winning Monday's United Kansas Conference golf tournament by 10 strokes over Basehor-Linwood. [Submitted]

Sophomore Alex Valdivia was the UKC runner-up with a 77 and sophomore Aiden Jones tied for fourth with an 83, while Shawnee Heights also got a strong performances from seniors Ethan Rottinghaus, Kyler Ortiz and Tyler Peterson as the T-Birds captured what was believed to be their first league golf title since 1999.

Rottinghaus placed sixth with an 84 while Ortiz was seventh with an 85 and Peterson eighth with an 86. 

"We knew going in that our three, four and five men needed to play well to have a shot at league," Shawnee Heights coach Jason Swift said. "That is exactly what they did. Seniors Ethan Rottinghaus, Kyler Ortiz and Tyler Peterson played smart all day and had key shots when it counted. They had to earn it today, but they made history."

Basehor-Linwood senior Joey Langstraat won the UKC individual title with a 4-over-par 75.


Team scores

Shawnee Heights 329, Basehor-Linwood 339, De Soto 352, Turner 389, Lansing 402, Leavenworth 438.

Individual results

1. Joey Langstraat, Basehor-Linwood, 75; 2. Alex Valdivia, Shawnee Heights, 77; 3. Wyatt Powell, Basehor-Linwood, 79; 4. (tie) Aiden Jones, Shawnee Heights, and Collin Stephens, De Soto, 83; 6. Ethan Rottinghaus, Shawnee Heights, 84; 7. Kyler Ortiz, Shawnee Heights, 85; 8. Tyler Peterson, Shawnee Heights, 86; 9. Jack Bakerink, De Soto, 87; 10. (tie) Logan Baechle, De Soto and Zack Moberg, Lansing, 89.

Other Shawnee Heights results — Tanner Zerger, 102.

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OLIVIA BRUNO, Washburn Rural

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IAN and MILES CUSICK, Topeka West

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VIRGI SCARDANZAN, Washburn University

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ANDREW SCHMIDTLEIN, Washburn University

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