Fort, Thompson qualify at Emporia
EMPORIA—Osage City golfers competed at the Class 3A Regional hosted by Burlington Monday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course. The Indians qualified juniors Duncan Fort and Ethan Thompson.
“I am very happy for Duncan and Ethan,” said Osage City coach Tracy Watkins. “Both have had very solid seasons and were key returners off last year’s state team.”
Fort finished with an 88 on the familiar course, placing eighth. Thompson was eight strokes back at 96, tying for 10th and finishing 11th after a playoff hole.
Ryan Haskins finished a stroke shy of qualifying with a 97, followed by Tate Brooks at 113 and Brayden McDowell at 136.
“I was hoping to qualify the entire team, but I think our lack of experience hurt us and we came up a little short,” Watkins said.
Burlington won the meet with a 336 team score, followed by West Franklin (377), Osage City (394), Council Grove (463) and Silver Lake (479).
Qualifying golfers will compete at the Class 3A State Golf Tournament May 26 at Hesston Golf Course. Fort will return to state for his third straight year, while Thompson will make his second trip to state.
“I am hoping their state experience will help prepare them for success next Tuesday,” Watkins said. “I am proud of the work the boys put in this year and the improvement that was made.”
Baker qualifies at St. Marys
COLGAN—The Lyndon Tigers competed at the Class 2A Regional Golf Tournament May 18 at Colgan, qualifying one member of the team for state.
“Kyle Baker qualified,” said Lyndon coach David Bledsoe. “He will play Tuesday at Emporia.”
Baker led the Tigers with a 91, finishing 15th overall, and fourth of five qualifying spots among unattached golfers.
St. Marys-Colgan finished first in the meet with a 311 team score, led by Bradley Beykirch, who finished first at 73. Kansas City Christian took second at 320 and Heritage Christian was third at 372.
Lyndon finished sixth as a team, led by Baker. Wyatt Reno finished at 108, Nathan Miller at 114, and Ethan Payne and Dawson Swinehart hit 121s.
Baker will compete at the Class 2A State Golf Tournament, hosted by Olpe, at 8:30 a.m. May 26 at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
Chargers miss cutoff
OSAWATOMIE—Santa Fe Trail golfers ended their season at the Class 4A Golf Tournament Monday at Osawatomie.
Adam Fischer led the Chargers, finishing at 87, one place and two strokes behind the final qualifier.
“He played a good round,” said SFT coach Mary Burgett. “There were a few bad situations which resulted in a couple higher hole scores, but overall, Adam recovered and played a very solid game. I was very pleased with his performance.”
SFT sophomore Dakota Hargett and freshman Dorian Schallock also competed at the regional.
“I was proud of them for stepping up to the challenge and their desire to finish in postseason competition,” Burgett said.