Bristol golfers go after district berth this week

Doug Seemann saw the difference in the Tannenhauf Golf Club from the play in early October of 2016.

The Bristol boys golf coach didn’t see the bare spots on the fairway or the sight of ground under repair.

It wasn’t there when the Panthers came back Aug. 11 for the Tannenhauf Invitational. Tthe course didn’t show the signs of wear and tear as it did during the 2016 Division III district tournament, where the Panthers took fifth. The top two advance to state.

Unfortunately, Bristol’s team play wasn’t as pristine as the course they played upon.

“We didn’t play real well,” Seemann said. “We didn’t play to our potential. I think that gave us some incentive to come back and practice harder. It really did. Our short games were as sharp as they should be.

“We came back and worked even harder than what we have done this past spring. I thought that was great for us.”

The Panthers rallied and won this year’s Northeastern Athletic Conference title by defeating Maplewood on Wednesday. Bristol is 14-0 overall and in the NAC, shooting a 153 average.

The focus this week shifts to Riverview Golf Course, the 18-hole venue in Braceville.

Sophomore Anthony Clark, juniors Nick Chirozzi, Seth Jarrett and Scott Thompson, along with senior Daniel Lamosek are the team’s top five, trying to get the Panthers back to district play.

They tee off on No. 1 at 9 a.m., Wednesday in the D-III sectional at Riverview.

Seeman said his team is spending every day at the course leading up to sectional play.

He added the Riverview ownership is letting his team, along with other area teams, practice on the course.

“Riverview is so supportive of high school golf in this area,” Seemann said. “We go there so much it feels like our second home.”

Brookfield is the defending sectional champion and also won the district. Liberty, McDonald and others plan to prevent Bristol from getting one of those top three spots to advance.

Seemann said the Panthers control their own fate.

“If we can shoot our average, we should be fine,” he said. “If we go to district, we’ll have to shoot 10, 11 strokes better than our average. It’s going to have to be that much better.

“Our goal is to get to district.”