HESSTON – After finishing second and third in the two previous Class 3A golf tournaments, Collegiate senior Camron Chugg finally got his first individual state title — and Collegiate got its 19th team title with the score of 297 on Tuesday at Hesston Golf Park.
As a sophomore Chugg tied for first but lost in the playoff. Last year he fell short by a stroke to his teammate Ian Trebilcock. On Tuesday, in soggy conditions, Chugg shot 4-under par 67.
“Because of the heavy rain yesterday the course was still really wet, but you just have to tee it up and let it fly,” Chugg said.
Due to the water Chugg said he came into competition with a different game plan, putting more emphasis on hitting the fairways and using his drive to his advantage.
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“I was pretty aggressive today,” Chugg said. “Luckily it paid off.”
Chung, Trebilcock and Kendall Reed led Collegiate with top-10 finishes. Trebilcock was unable to repeat as individual champion but was able to celebrate his 18th birthday with a state title.
“No better way to spend a birthday than getting a state championship,” Trebilcock said. “I came in defending state champion and obviously I’m disappointed, but I’m happy for Camron also. He’s been second the last two years and he’s been working hard. He deserves it.”
Collegiate graduates only one senior and will be looking to add to its dominance next year. Collegiate has won nine championships in the last 10 years. At the end of the event coach Kevin Reed said he feels good about his players and where his team can go the in the future while also giving high praise to Chugg.
“I’m just so proud of him,” Reed said.”He’s shot 9 under par his last 27 holes. At regionals he was 5 under and today he was 4 under. I’m so happy for him. For him to overcome losing the two previous years and to continue to work at his craft and go out like this as a senior is remarkable.
“Our team is in good standing for next year. We had three or four guys that could have been here and we’re only losing Camron out of all the guys that are here competing. We hope to sustain our success.”
Hesston finishing fourth, led by fifth-place finisher Jack Barnhart, who shot 75.
Team scores — 1. Wichita Collegiate (Chugg 67, Trebilcock 72, Reed 77, Larsen 81) 297, Sterling (N. Schissler 74, Z. Schissler 84, Hendricks 86, Gillespie 86) 330, Burlington (Sloyer 82, Link 82, Bittner 83, Schuh 88) 335, Fredonia 344, Hesston 344, Eureka 351, Nemaha Valley 355, Rossville 359, Cheney 361, Cimarron 368, Phillipsburg 369, West Franklin 389,
Individuals — 1. Chugg, Collegiate, 67; 2. Watson, Caney Valley, 71; 3. Trebilcock, Collegiate, 72; 4. Schissler, Sterling, 74; 5. Barnhart, Hesston, 75; 6. Percy, Central Heights, 76; 7. Reed, Collegiate, 77; 8. Sellman, Humboldt, 78; 9. Burnett, Lakin, 79; 10. Epple, Sabetha, 79; 11. Solander, Fredonia, 80; 12. Puetz, Garden Plain, 80; 13. Powelson, Wellsville, 80; 14. Leach, Jayhawk-Linn, 81; 15. Larsen, Collegiate, 81; 16. Steinke, Rossville, 81; 17. Fort, Osage City, 81; 18. Thomas Lankford, Jayhawk-Linn, 82; 19. Zach Bradley, Nemaha Central, 82; 20. Mrkwa, Fredonia, 82