Hunter Morris hasn’t left his car very much the past four days.
It’s the life of a two-sport athlete in the spring, as the Collegiate senior spent his weekend in Topeka playing tennis in the Class 4A tournament and what was left of it preparing for Monday’s 4A golf regional held at Auburn Hills.
The reward of the 300-plus miles he logged made the whirlwind worth it. After placing third in doubles and helping lead Collegiate to a state title in tennis on Saturday, Morris came back on Monday and picked up another title when the Spartans bested an 8-team field for their seventh straight regional championship — and the first in 4A.
“I played (golf) on Sunday, but it really wasn’t much of anything,” said Morris, who shot an 84 on Monday. “But it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve been doing a lot of travel, but I’ve enjoyed it.”
Collegiate played right around its averages, totaling a 316 team score that was 16 strokes better than Maize South, the other qualifying team. Cheney’s Gage Scheer won individual honors, carding a 4-over 76.
Scheer was correct in his assumption that his group of Collegiate’s Harrison Morris, Circle’s Dominic Lara and Mulvane’s Gage Cain would produce the winner. Scheer and Morris traded the lead three times, but two double-bogeys on the back-9 proved too costly for Morris.
Morris was one of three to finish a stroke back at 77, joined by Maize South’s Trevor Bauer and his teammate Camron Chugg. Lara and Cain finished at 79, tied with Andale’s Jordan Anderson. All three qualified for state.
“I won league and now I’ve won regionals again, so I’m kind of in the same position as last year,” said Scheer, who has qualified all four years but has yet to place in the top-10 at state. “I’ve been there and done that, so I think I’ll be more comfortable this year at state now that I know what to expect.”
After doubling the par-5 No. 9 due to an errant drive, Scheer made a decision that would prove to be the difference in his round.
“You have to keep it in the fairway here at Auburn,” Scheer said. “After I hit that one really bad, I put away my driver and hit a 4-iron the rest of the day. I probably hit that 10 times off the tee. You don’t have to hit it long here, you just have to hit it straight.”
Keeping shots straight has been a lesson Logan Woodbridge has learned quickly. In his first year of playing golf, the Wellington junior grabbed the final qualifying slot with his round of 80.
“This was my goal and I knew I could do it as long as I played solid,” Woodbridge said. “It was hard at first, getting to know how to not slice it. But after you figure out how to actually hit it, the game gets easier.”
Figuring it out hasn’t been easy. Woodbridge is also a standout on the Wellington track team, missing golf practices to work out.
Woodbridge’s new love yielded surprising success on Monday. He hopes to continue it past the state meet, as Woodbridge plans on playing this summer in attempts of earning a golf scholarship.
“Wellington is unique from a lot of places,” Wellington coach James Ginter said. “There’s a lot of really talented players that come from, live in and reside in Wellington. Golf is a big part of our history. We have 14 state championships and I think there’s a lot of people around here that want to see Wellington kids be successful. I know they’re all proud of Logan right now.”
Class 4A Regional
At Auburn Hills
Team scores—1. Collegiate 316, 2. Maize South 332, 3. Andale 338, 4. Cheney 340, 5. Trinity Academy 349, 6. Circle 360, 7. Mulvane 402, 8. Rose Hill 410.
Individuals—1. Scheer, Cheney, 76; 2. Ha. Morris, Collegiate, 77; 3. Chugg, Collegiate, 77; 4. Bauer, Maize South, 77; 5. Anderson, Andale, 79; 6. Lara, Circle, 79; 7. Cain, Mulvane, 79; 8. Woodbridge, Wellington, 80; 9. Engel, Collegiate, 81; 10. Christian, Maize South, 81; 11. Sullivan, Collegiate, 81; 12. Maloney, Collegiate, 82.