SALINA _ This bunch didn't want to be the ones to break Collegiate's five-year streak of Class 3A golf titles.
Sure, the Spartans lost a couple of talented seniors from last season's squad, but by the end of the season they were playing well enough to confidently strive for a championship of their own. And they delivered Collegiate's sixth consecutive title on Monday, shooting a 297 to beat Kansas City Christian by four strokes.
"We talked about that all year," Collegiate junior Harrison Morris said. "We wanted to make sure we didn't blow it. In the beginning of the year we had a lot of question marks, but at the end of the year we turned it around and started playing really well."
Morris shot a 69 to take second place in the individual standings. He finished five strokes behind medalist Michael Gellerman from Sterling. Morris had the lowest score on the front nine, shooting a 32. But he ran into a couple of road bumps on the back nine, while Gellerman shot a 31.
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"The front nine I shot three under, and I putted extremely well," Morris said. "I don't think I missed any greens. We (Gellerman and I) talked after nine and he said he was one under. I knew for his whole career whenever he found out that someone was beating him he took it up to another level. He did that on the back."
Morris may not have won the tournament, but his 69 was the anchor for Collegiate as all of the Spartans shot under 80, the only team in the tournament to pull off that feat.
Harrison's twin, Hunter Morris, might have had the most clutch performance of the tournament. He shot a 76, and did so having played the least amount of golf of all of his teammates.
"He's been more focused on tennis," Collegiate coach Kevin Reed said. "He was on the tennis team that placed second at state this season and first his freshman season. I think he only practiced with us two or three times the whole year. But he would got to tennis practice and then practice golf on the weekend."
Hunter played in tournaments late in the season _ when Collegiate began its win streak on. His play, combined with the consistency of Scott Sullivan, Patrick Maloney, Riley Kemmer and Matthew Sorlie translated into low rounds for the Spartans.
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1. Collegiate (Sullivan 79, Hunter Morris 76, Maloney 79, Kemmer 76, Harrison Morris 69, Sorlie 76), 297; 2. KC Christian (Barr 80, Kettler 82, Nichols 73, Lambert 70, Bickley 78, Kerley 95), 301; 3. Sabetha (Manning 81, Bosworth 79, Burger 71, Stallbaumer 80, Keim 83, Stoller 83), 311; Goodland, 312; Thomas More Prep, 313; Sterling, 315; Phillipsburg, 326; Wichita Independent, 326; Caney Valley, 329; Osage City, 364; Marian, 364; Fredonia, 378.
1. Michael Gellerman, Sterling, 65; 2. Harrison Morris, WC, 69; 3. Joseph Lambert, KCC, 70; 4. Mark Cunningham, ELLS, 71; 5. Jason Burger, SAB, 71; 6. George Bellani, GDL, 73; 7. Mark Nichols, KCC, 73; 8. Tyer Wyant, CV, 73; 9. Brady Rohr, TMP, 73; 10. Caleb Brening, HT, 75; 11t. Gage Ihrig, GDL, 76; 11t. Michael Hendricks, Sterling, 76; 11t. Hunter Morris, WC, 76; 11t. Riley Kemmer, WC, 76; 11t. Matthew Sorlie, WC, 76; 11t. Sam Dunne, WI, 76; 11t. Tague Conrad, LAR, 76; 18t. Colten Lamborn, FRON, 77; 18t. Alex Jones, LAK, 76; 19t. Grant Holub, TMP, 78; 19t. Kyle Hoover, PB, 78; 19t. Christian Bickley, KCC, 78; 19t. Brock Hanf, AMH, 78; 20t. Ben Bosworth, SAB, 79; 20t. Scott Sullivan, WC, 79.
Class 2A — Pittsburg Colgan won the team title at Buffalo Dunes in Garden City, defeating Nemaha Valley by 24 strokes. Colgan's Kolter Krumsick was the individual champion, shooting a 76.
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1. Pittsburg-St. Marys Colgan 327, 2. Nemaha Valley 351, 3. Jayhawk-Linn 361, 4. Elkhart 362, 5. Stanton County 363, 6. Meade 364, 7. Plainville 371, 8. Ellis 374, 9. Belleville 376, 10. WaKeeney 382, 11. Lyndon 397, 12. Onaga 413.
1. Kolter Krumsick, Pittsburg-Colgan, 76; 2. Trent Olberding, Nemaha Valley, 80; 3. Skyler Tebo, Ellis, 82; 4. Adrain Pfanenstiel, Meade, 83; 5. Kelley Thompson, Pittsburg-Colgan, 83; 6. Michael Hudiberg, Pittsburg-Colgan, 84; 7. Alex Clark, Jayhawk-Linn, 84; 8. Austin Barone, Pittsburg-Colgan, 84; 9. Brad Ellis, Stanton County, 84; 10. Tyler Compton, Plainville, 85; 11T. Austin Jansonius, Meade and Patrick Loftus, Oakley, 85; 13T. Nick Walsh, Lyndon,; Kevin Burdiek, Nemaha Valley; Jaden Proffitt, Jayhawk-Linn; and Tyler Decker, Lyndon, 86; 17T. Blake Porter, Belleville and Tyler Walters, Ellis, 87; 19. Broc Ellis, Stanton County and Damian Weatherman, Elkhart, 88.
Class 1A —Ashland won the team title in Emporia with a score of 333. Pleasanton's Joey Morrisey won the individual title by shooting a 73.
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1. Ashland 333, 2. Olpe 337, 3. Pleasanton 337, 4. Pretty Prairie 347, 5. South Gray 349, 6. St. John 351, 7. Linn 357, 8. Goessel 365, 9. Tribune 384, 10. Hoxie 388, 11. Stockton 393, 12. Hodgeman County 395.
1. Joey Morrisey, Pleasanton, 73; 2. Austin Stebens, Ashland 74; 3. Matt Schmidt, Pleasanton, 78; 4. Chad Schmidt, Olpe, 79; 5. Devin Arndt, Olpe, 79; 6. Bryce Garner, St. John, 80; 7. Slade Loewen, Ingalls, 80; 8. Garrett Watkins, South Gray, 80; 9. Reed Grabill, Bishop Seabury, 81; 10. Trenton Holloway, South Gray, 82; 11. Adam Matz, Centre, 83; T12. Sawyer LeSage, Pretty Prairie, 84; Clay Robertson, Tribune, 84; Shelby Hatesohl, Linn, 84; T15. Koby Beougher, Stockton, 85; Jay Luerman, Ashland, 85; Tanner Hines, Pretty Prairie, 85; Blake Huxman, Western Plains, 85; AJ Govert, Tribune, 85; Jaxsen Moss, Hoxie, 85.