Jeremy Gaston | Managing Editor
MARION—The Osage City Indians golf team wrapped up the regular season and began the post season with back-to-back wins at the league and regional meets.
“I am very proud of the boys for enduring the terrible weather this spring and continuing to work,” said Osage City coach Tracy Watkins. “This is our third year in a row to qualify our team for state. These boys have worked hard and have helped to build a successful golf program and have represented Osage City well.”
The Indians finished with a 368 team score at Class 3A Regional at Marion, taking two of the top three individual positions. Burlington (375) was second, followed by Eureka, Marion, Council Grove, Hillsboro and Leon-Bluestem.
Jake Lahr led the Indians with a second-place finished, winning a playoff with teammate Duncan Fort, who also finished at 84. Logan Williamson finished at 97, John Giesy at 103, Tanner Kimball at 107 and Devin Trout at 132.
“Jake and Duncan both shot very well to lead us,” Watkins said. “They tied for second and then Jake got a birdie and Duncan a par on the playoff hole to break the tie.”
Matt Percy, Central Heights, won the meet with a 74.
The Indians preceded the regional with a first-place finish at the Flint Hills League meet in Emporia.
Duncan Fort placed third with an 86, Jake Lahr was sixth at 90 and Logan Williamson was 10th at 100, each earning All-League honors. John Giesy finished a shot back at 101, Devin Trout at 104 and Tanner Kimball at 108.
“We did not shoot very well as a team, but did escape with the league championship,” Watkins said. “Our top three were tied with Council Grove so we didn’t know until John’s card came in that we had won.”
The team finished with a 377 team score, 2 strokes under Council Grove at 379. Herington was third at 385 and Lyndon was fourth at 424.
Tyler Stone, Council Grove, won the meet with an 80.
The Indians will compete at the Class 3A State meet Monday at Spring Creek Golf Course in Seneca.
“The boys have had a pretty good season and are deserving of this,” Watkins said.
LHS’s Wendling qualifies for state
FORT SCOTT—The Lyndon Tigers qualified golfer Phillip Wendling at the Class 2A Regional, hosted by Uniontown Monday at Woodland Hills Golf Course in Fort Scott.
The team finshed shy of qualifying, taking sixth overall, but ill send Phillips Wendling on the to next round.
“Phillip did not medal, but was one of the top five qualifiers for the state tournament,” said Lyndon coach Judy Patterson.
Wendling led the Tigers with a 104 to finish among the top-five golfers no on qualifying teams. Stephen Pine finished at 118, Mason Burns at 121, Bobby Crawford at 126 and Wyatt Reno at 137.
Wendling will play in the Class 2A State Tournament, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday at Mariah Hills Golf in Dodge City.
SFT ends season at regional
SENECA—The Santa Fe Trail Chargers’ golf team wrapped up the spring season with the league and regional meets.
The Chargers placed one All-League golfer, Austin Reser, at the Big Seven League meet at Nemaha Valley. Austin Reser placed eighth.
“Austin was also in a four-way playoff for sixth place,” said SFT coach Mary Burgett. “He earned the eighth-place medal.”
Austin finished at 85 overall, and was third out of four golfers on an three-hole sudden death playoff. Teammate Adam Fischer finished at 94, Caleb Snyder at 96, Jesse Baker at 97, Michael Crook at 101 and Dakota Boyd at 102.
“I was pleased with our players scores,” Burgett said. “SFT players scores were consistent with their regular season tournament play.”
The Chargers concluded the season with the Class 4A Regional at Shawnee Heights. Santa Fe Trail was seventh out of 10 teams with a 375, and finished 10 strokes shy of individual placing.
Bonner Springs won the meet with a 329 and Paola was second at 331, both qualifying their full teams. Dylan Queen, Paola, won the met with a 73, with Tommy Storey, Louisburg, picking up the final qualifying spot in eighth place at 82.
Caleb Snyder led SFT, hitting 82, with Austin Reser and Dakota Boyd each finishing at 83. Michael Crook hit 97, Adam Fischer 98 and Jesse Baker 128.
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