HESSTON — Wellington junior Miles Miller won his second consecutive class 4A state golf title Monday by shooting a 73, two strokes over par, and even added a little drama on the 18th hole by getting a double bogey.
Miller admitted that his performance may have disappointed him a little bit, but the outcome of winning the individual title didn't.
Seventeen of the Top 20 finishers shot above 80 in two rounds of golf. The wind played a huge factor in altering their games.
"I wasn't happy with my winning score," Miller said. "Personally it wasn't where I though it should be, but it was the toughest set up I've seen at this course in a long time. I guess a 73 is pretty good. Especially with the wind."
Miller and his teammates combined for a total score of 342 and might have actually had a legitimate shot at competing with Lenexa Saint James (330) and Topeka Hayden (330) for the team title if one of the team's better golfers, Drew Hodson, hadn't gotten disqualified in the back nine.
The Wellington senior accepted a ride from a marker out of the tee box after he had a lost ball. He was reported and disqualified after shooting a 41 in the first round.
"Drew is a huge part of our team. He was a huge part of our league championship and was a huge part of our regional championship," Wellington coach James Genter said. "And no matter what happened I'm more disappointed for Drew. He's there every day for every practice... I wanted him to go out on a good note team-wise, but also individually."
Augusta senior Trey Hayden finished seventh individually after being eliminated in the second hole of a playoff for sixth place with Topeka Hayden's Kurt Walker.
Like Miller, Hayden felt like he could have performed better on the course, but knows that placing seventh in the tournament was a nice accomplishment.
"It was a tough day," Hayden said. "After playing bad and getting seventh, I shouldn't be complaining too much, but I still feel like I could have done better.... It's an improvement upon last year — I got 18th — but after winning four tournaments this year I feel like I should have done better."