Blue Valley North High traveled all the way to the opposite side of the state of Kansas to play a round of golf.
But was it ever worth it.
The Mustangs won the high school boys Class 6A title at Buffalo Dunes by 15 strokes, 300-315 over Blue Valley West.
They also placed four players in the top five, including champion Zach Tate, who overcame the western Kansas winds and some tough pin placements to shoot a 1-over 73, besting by one shot teammate Ross Thornton and Shawnee Mission Northwest’s Jackson Foth, who took second in a one-hole playoff.
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Host Garden City finished 8th (334), Hutchinson 9th (336), Dodge City 11th (339) and Wichita Heights 12th (348).
Heights’ Hunter Leichner shot 80 to tie for 16th and Caleb Haight tied for 25th with an 82.
“It’s a long drive out here but it was worth it,” Heights assistant coach John Loomis said. “The course is a gem. The greens were very firm and rolled well and real true.”
Campus’ Luke Reynolds led the Wichita-area qualifiers with a 79 to tie for 12th.
Maize, which lost the third-place team entry to Garden City last week, still had three qualifiers.
Kramer Howell shot 81, Jason Mohr 84 and Mike McLain 86.
Derby’s lone entry, Kevin Gurley, shot 85.
Wichita North’s Garrett Taylor fired an 83, while Southeast’s Tyler Clark shot 86.
1.Blue Valley North 300; 2. Blue Valley West 315; 3. Shawnee Mission East 316; 4. Shawnee Mission Northwest 318; 5. Olathe East 323; 6. Lawrence Free State 333; 7. Manhattan 334; 8. Garden City 336 (won on 6th man tiebreaker after 5th man tiebreaker failed to break tie); 9. Hutchinson 336; 10. Topeka Washburn Rural 338; 11. Dodge City 339; 12. Wichita Heights 348.
1. Zach Tate, BV North, 73. 2. Jackson Foth, SM NW, 74. 3. Ross Thornton, BV North, 74. 4. Evan Schartzer, BV North, 76. 5. Henry Simpson, SM East, 77. 6. Andrew Beckler, Washburn Rural, 77l. 7. Alex Higgs, BV North, 77. 8. Alex Forristal, Olathe East, 77. 9. Connor Knabe, SM East, 77. 10. Tripp Roy, BV West, 77. (Top 10 ties had playoff for each place.).
No. 11 Alex Green, Free State, 78. 12. (tie) James Henderson, Roy Parker, BV West; Trevor Tanahill, Olathe East; Luke Reynolds, Campus, 79. 16. (tie) Robby Hughes, BV West; Austin Swender, Garden City; Drew Casper, Manhattan; Chase Hanna, SM East; Logan Coffman, SM Weste; Hunter Leichner, W. Heights; Zach Zerger, Olathe South, 80.
Other Wichita Area Scores— T23. Kramer Howell, Maize, 81; T25. Caleb Haight, Wichita Heights, 82; T33. Garrett Taylor, 83; T37. Brad Hutton, Dodge City, 84; Sam Galliart, Hutchinson, 84; Andre Howard, Hutchinson, 84; Zach Proffitt, Hutchinson, 84; Turner Wintz, Hutchinson, 84; Jason Mohr, Maize, 84; T47. Zach Kirby, Dodge City 85; Jace Larson, 85; Zach Norton, Dodge City, 85; Scott Bulkley, Garden City, 85; Bryer Livermore, Garden City, 85; Kevin Gurley, 85; T58. Levi Bone, Dodge City 86; Braden Taylor, Garden City, 86; Mike McLain, Maize, 86; T69. Boone Wells, Garden City, 88; Kalen Hilst, Hutchinson, 88; T74. Nick Mann, 89; Joey Wenzel-Vargas, 90; Luke Gannon, Wichita Heights, 90; T88. Braden Winans, Dodge City, 93; 92. Brandon Johnson, Wichita Heights, 96; 95. Zach Pitcher, Wichita Heights, 101; 96. Sage Classias, Wichita Heights, 122.