The Collegiate boys golf team returned to Class 4A with the confidence they could win the team title.
Over the past 14 years, Collegiate won 3A from 1998 to 2003, went 0-2 in two years in 4A and won 3A from 2006-2011
“This group, I thought with the experience we had, I thought we had a good shot at it today,” said Collegiate coach Kevin Reed, whose team returned every player from 2011. “It just didn’t work out that way.”
Collegiate finished fifth, 23 shots behind winner KC Piper, which was playing at its home course, Dub’s Dread. Tonganoxie, which had the individual medalist in Colby Yates, who shot a 3-under-par 69, finished second with a 313, one shot behind Piper.
Holton was third at 323, while Hesston was sixth (342), Maize South eighth (348) and Buhler ninth (349).
“We had two kids play pretty well, shot close to their average,” Reed said. “The other four struggled. That happens sometimes.
“I thought we were prepared to come in and play well. We won our league tournament playing well, won our regional playing well. Two courses, where you just have to keep it in play, if you don’t you get in trouble. And that was the case here, too, with the trees.”
Collegiate’s top finisher was Harrison Morris, who shot a 79 and finished eighth after a five-player playoff for seventh. Maize South freshman Cole Christian, who was in the same playoff, finished 10th.
“This isn’t how you want to end your career,” Morris, a senior, said. “I just missed a couple shots that really cost me. I did not do well. The first six holes, I was 4-over. I three-putted a couple times, missed some easy chips that I don’t normally do. Just a bunch of easy stuff that I don’t normally do that I messed up on today.”
It was also a disappointing finish for Collegiate as a team.
“We thought we had a really good team,” Morris said. “I guess we didn’t peak at the right time. We, all six, played about as bad as we did all year. I don’t know if it was the pressure, but it’s just not what we wanted to do all year.”
Other area medalists included Cheney’s Gage Scheer and Trevor Torgerson, who shot 80s to finish tied for 12th. Collegiate’s Cameron Chugg finished tied for 16th.
Dub’s Dread is a long course and it definitely helped those who play it often, such as Piper and Tonganoxie. After Yates, Piper’s Parker Miller and Charlie Rinehart finished second and third.
“There is an advantage,” Yates said. “It’s probably more off the tee. I can pick the lines. Kids were hitting irons, I was hitting drivers because I know where to hit. That’s a huge difference off the tee.”
Yates, who finished fourth as a junior and second as a sophomore, birdied his final three holes.
Team scores—KC Piper 312 (Miller 73, Rinehart 74, Fasching 80, Wuellner 85, Pennington 90, Knetter 107), Tonganoxie 313 (Yates 69, Campbell 79, Hale 81, Williams 84, Sandberg 86, Hall 92), Holton 323 (Dugan 78, Brandt 79, E. Holaday 82, G. Holaday 84, Tegethoff 87, Fate 88), Coffeyville 332, Wichita Collegiate 335, Hesston 342, Iola 345, Maize South 348, Buhler 349, Paola 358, Fort Scott 364, Abilene 380.
Individual medalists—1. Yates, Tonganoxie, 36-33-69; 2. Miller, KC Piper, 38-35-73; 3. Rinehart, KC Piper, 34-40-74; 4. Reese, Larned, 37-37-74; 5. Reilly, St. James, 42-36-78; 6. Dugan, Holton, 41-37-78; 7. Conrad, Larned, 35-44-79; 8. Harrison Morris, Collegiate, 40-39-79; 9. Campbell, Tonganoxie, 41-38-79; 10. Christian, Maize South, 40-39-79; 11. Brandt, Holton, 42-37-79; 12. (tie) Torgerson, Buhler, 36-44-80; Fasching, KC Piper, 37-43-80; Yeubanks, Coffeyville, 41-39-80; and Scheer, Cheney, 39-41-80; 16. (tie) Boyle, Hayden, 38-43-81; Chugg, Wichita Collegiate, 41-40-81; Pauls, Hesston, 41-40-81; Macha, Iola, 38-43-81; Walden, Iola, 41-40-81; and Hale, Tonganoxie, 43-38-81.