The Lee’s Summit West boys’ golf team got a good reminder April 23 of the importance of the fourth score.
The Titans knew they would need their No. 4 player to come through if it wanted to have a shot at winning the Suburban Gold Conference Boys’ Golf Tournament at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs.
When Jamie Busha turned in a 79, the Titans had the total they needed — by one stroke.
Busha’s round gave West a 324 total and its first conference title in four years. Blue Springs South had to settle for second at 325.
“Our No. 4 kid came in really, really well today,” West golf coach Richard Myers said. “He’s the reason we won this.”
A good round from Busha became more important when James O’Connor, the Titans’ No. 1 player, labored to shoot 87 on a sun-swept yet windy day. Sophomore Charlie Russell shot 4-over par 76 and earned medalist honors, while Parker Jones’ 82 helped.
Then, there was Busha, a senior, who delivered a title with the lowest score of his West golf career.
“Our one guy struggled big time and our five guy (Zac Kavanaugh) was out of it early,” Myers said. “Jamie had been playing well lately and he really came to play today.”
Russell’s 76, which tied his personal best, was two strokes better than runner-up Miles Buttress of Blue Springs South. He had 12 pars and five bogeys and ended his round with a birdie on No. 17.
Russell called it a solid round, solid enough to keep him on an even keel.
“It’s just hard to keep good mental game because when you make bad scores, it’s hard to stay calm and not get frustrated,” Russell said. “But today I didn’t make any bad scores.”
Myers was certainly impressed.
“Charlie just played outstanding,” Myers said. “He’s good enough to be in the 70s, but he’s only done it once or twice. He’s going to be the next good player at West. He really is.”
Busha finished fourth overall and Jones was 10th. Along with Russell, the trio earned all-conference honors by finishing in the top 10. Those results also gave the Titans their first conference championship since claimnig the Suburban Red crown in 2014.
“It’s very difficult to win our conference,” Myers said. “We’ve had good teams the past three years and we haven’t won it, but this year we sneaked in. We’ll take it.”
Lee’s Summit finished third at 337. Park Hill was fourth (347) followed by defending champion Lee’s Summit North (349), Blue Springs (350) and Raymore-Peculiar (361).
Jackson McGuire and Ryan Mehrer both shot 80s to lead Lee’s Summit and earned all-conference honors. Seth Romi’s 86 earned him honorable mention all-conference with a top-15 finish, while Carsen Gibson shot a 91. Aaron Wilson had the Tigers’ fifth score at 93.
Michael Foster shot an 80 to lead Lee’s Summit North and also made all-conference. Brock Witmer earned honorable mention with an 86. Kohlin Hicks’ 89 and Hamza Masud’s 94 rounded out the Broncos’ team score and Ryan Franks shot a 95.