Maize junior Kale Reynolds had played Topeka Country Club in late April in the Topeka West Invitational, but Reynolds doesn’t have particularly fond memories of that round, shooting a nine-over-par 80 and finishing in a tie for 12th place.
“It was about 40 degrees, blowing plenty and raining,” Reynolds said of the West meet. “I took what I could from that, course knowledge and everything, and tried to forget all the shots that I hit, besides the good ones.”
Tuesday’s return visit produced much happier results, with Reynolds shooting a one-under 70 and then winning the Class 6A championship on the second hole of a playoff with Blue Valley West’s James Henderson.
Reynolds said he entered state feeling like his chances of winning were good.
“I just thought, I’ve been practicing all year, I’ve been playing well, I’m going to come out and do what I do and play my game,” Reynolds said.
“I thought if I played good and if I played my game and I stayed consistent and putted well throughout the day I had a really good chance at it.”
Reynolds said the key was playing within himself and not taking too many chances.
“I’ve played here four or five times and I know what kind of track it is,” Reynolds said. “It’s tight and you’ve got to hit the ball well. Bad shots are going to cost you strokes, there’s no way around it.
“You’ve got to play consistent. Somebody who is an inconsistent player is not going to play very well here. There are birdies to be made but there’s a lot of hard holes that you need to make par on. There’s a lot of big numbers to be made here if you get it in the trees.”
Reynolds and Henderson both made par of their first playoff hole (No. 1) before Reynolds birdied the second playoff hole to take the win.
Shawnee Mission East won the team championship by a 300-308 margin over Washburn Rural, with the Lancers getting a 71 from Lucas Jones, a 72 from Andy Spencer and a 76 from Johnnie Norton.
Jones finished third individually while Washburn Rural junior Andrew Beckler, the 2013 individual champion, won a playoff with Spencer to finish fourth.
Hutchinson finished sixth as a team, led by Turner Wintz, who tied for 11th with a 77.
Derby’s Quincy Stith tied for 13th with a 78.
SM East 300, Washburn Rural 308, Manhattan 313, Blue Valley West 313, Blue Valley North 314, Hutchinson 326, Olathe East 330, Garden City 334, Olathe Northwest 336, SM Northwest 338, Maize 345, Derby 347.
1. Reynolds, Maize, 70 (won playoff); 2. Henderson, BV West, 70; 3. Jones, SM East, 71; 4. Beckler, Washburn Rural, 72 (won playoff); 5. Spencer, SM East, 72; 6. Dillon, Manhattan, 76 (won playoff); 7. Goldman, BV North, 76 (won playoff); 8.Norton, SM East, 76 (won playoff); 9. Allen, SM Northwest, 76; 10. Ball, Washburn Rural, 77 (won playoff); 11. (tie) McAtee, Manhattan, and Wintz, Hutchinson, 77; 13. (tie) Kagy, BV North; Karney, Blue Valley; Krestine, Blue Valley; Stith, Derby; Tovkach, Gardner-Edgerton, 78; 18. (tie) Addison, BV West; Funk, Olathe Northwest; McCalla, Washburn Rural; Spencer, Olathe East; Welborn, Wichita Northwest; S. Woods, Manhattan, 79.