Sports: Lakenheath golfers narrowly miss sweep
RAF LAKENHEATH — About 60 high school golfers battled unwanted weather and each other in two separate tournaments Thursday and Friday at the Breckland Pines Golf Course.
Lakenheath’s boys and girls squads almost completed a sweep in both days, but the Lancer boys fell to Ramstein in the second tournament, held during a wet and cloudy Friday.
The Lady Lancers improved their play in the rain. Lady Lancer Molly Henage grabbed the individual title Friday in the girls tournament with a score of 23, while Ramstein’s Allysen Vance shot a 20 and took second following a tiebreaker with Lady Lancer Kayla Esmond.
Henage shot a 19 to finish second place behind Vance in a dryer, yet still windy, Thursday at the course.
Unlike professional golf, the high schools use a different scoring system called stableford, in which the winner has the highest score not the lowest. Under this scoring system, double bogeys are worth one point, bogeys are worth two points, a par is three points and a birdie is four points.
The boy’s top performer, Stewart Dines from Ramstein, dominated both days despite the weather conditions. He shot a 38 Thursday and a 44 Friday to capture both individual titles and lift his team past Lakenheath.
Lakenheath coach Otis McCloskey said the tournaments went well.
On Thursday, the Lakenheath teams will travel to Kaiserslautern, Germany, and then to Baumholder on Friday.
High school golf scoresResults from Thursday’s tournament
Boys team scores: Lakenheath 134; Ramstein 123; Rota 113; Wiesbaden 54.
Boys individual scores: 1. Stewart Dines, Ramstein, 38; 2. Kyle Tyree, Lakenheath, 36; 3. Alex Crist, Rota, 35.
Girls team scores: Lakenheath 54; Ramstein 40; Wiesbaden 3.
Individual scores: 1. Allysen Vance, Ramstein, 21; 2. Molly Henage, Lakenheath, 19; 3. Rebecca Groff, Lakenheath, 16.
Results from Friday’s tournament:
Boys team scores: Ramstein 169; Lakenheath 148; Rota 125; Wiesbaden 66.
Boys individual scores: 1. Stewart Dines, Ramstein, 44; 2. Josiah Almosara, Lakenheath, 43; 3. Michael Haas, Ramstein, 43 (following tiebreaker).
Girl’s team scores: Lakenheath 60; Ramstein 49; Wiesbaden 1.
Individual scores: 1. Molly Henage, Lakenheath, 23; 2. Allysen Vance, Ramstein, 20; 3. Kayla Esmond, Lakenheath, 20 (following tiebreaker).