Adversity struck the Class 5A regional in a variety of ways Monday.
For one, there was the rain that delayed the shotgun start 3½ hours to 12:30 p.m. For another, there were wet grounds that affected shot-making and led to high scores on certain holes.
But Bishop Carroll dealt best with the adversity, and the Golden Eagles placed two golfers in the top five and all four scorers in the top 20 to emerge with a regional championship at Crestview Country Club’s North Course.
The Golden Eagles, runners-up to Kapaun Mount Carmel last Wednesday in the City League tournament, won by eight strokes over the runner-up Crusaders.
“We just played better (than at City League),” Carroll coach Mark Berger said. “We didn’t play very well at all last Wednesday. (Monday), everybody got off to a pretty good start. Kirk (Murphy) and Bobby (Armstrong) played pretty solidly the entire round.”
Murphy shot a 1-over-par 73 and won a tiebreaker for second place, and Armstrong was one shot behind. Murphy’s round was one of steadiness on the back nine after an up-and-down front nine with three birdies, a bogey and a triple-bogey. After the turn, he parred six holes and birdied No. 18.
Armstrong, like Murphy a senior, nearly matched that round but with mostly pars.
Despite the rain delay, once the rain stopped, Berger said the course played better.
“It really wasn’t too wet out there,” he said.
Kapaun and tournament host Andover will be joining Carroll in the team portion at state. The Trojans withstood a 1-under-par 71 by Maize South’s Wells Padgett and denied the Mavericks a state spot by three strokes.
The Mavericks, 5A runners-up to Kapaun a year ago, couldn’t quite duplicate their success of last Monday, when they won the AVCTL Division II title by 21 strokes.
Padgett matched par on the front nine, then birdied the 10th and 18th to go with a bogey at No. 15.
“It was pretty soft out there,” he said. “The course was playing longer, I didn’t have many putts fall (Monday), but I still got the job done.”
He will go to the state tournament as an individual and will be joined by Maize’s Kaelan Hackenburg and Tyler Stedman and Arkansas City’s Kaedan Steiner and Brock Dowler.
Kapaun benefited from sophomore Ben Spicer, who carded a 76 as the Crusaders’ No. 6 golfer.
“Two weeks ago, he had slipped down and actually was playing No. 1 JV,” Kapaun first-year coach Dan Harrison said. “He got motivated, recommitted himself to working on his game in the last two tournaments and has gone unbelievably low.
“He’s capable of doing that, and we knew that, so it’s nice to see him come through when we really needed him.”
Class 5A boys golf regional
At Crestview Country Club, North Course
Team scores – 1. Bishop Carroll, 305; 2. Kapaun Mount Carmel, 313; 3. Andover, 314; 4. Maize South, 317; 5. Maize, 320; 6. Arkansas City, 325; 7. Heights, 346; 8. Eisenhower, 394.
Medalists – 1. Wells Padgett, MS, 71; 2. Kaelan Hackenburg, M, 73*; 3. Kirk Murphy, BC, 73; 4. Bobby Armstrong, BC, 74; 5. Kayden Steiner, AC, 76*; 6. Ben Spicer, KMC,76; 7. Zach Sokolosky, Andover, 77*; 8. Max Iseman, BC, 77; 9. John Baker, KMC, 78*; 10. Hanif Ashraf, A, 78; 11. Tyler Stedman, M, 78; 12. Eric Ewers, KMC, 79*; 13. Patrick Chan, A, 79; 14. Alec Wilbert, KMC, 80*; 15. Umar Ashraf, A, 80; 16. Brock Dowler, AC, 80.
* – won tiebreaker
+ – qualifies for state as individual