Osage, Eldon and Versailles golfers advance to state
A trio of lake area golfers will be taking their swings at the state tournament.
School of the Osage’s Jacob Krantz, Eldon’s Spencer Rogers and Versailles’ Ori Bartlett all qualified after playing in their respective sectional tournaments on Monday and will take their crack at winning a state title and becoming an All-State golfer.
Osage and Eldon both competed as four-man teams on Monday in a Class 3 sectional at Meadow Lakes Country Club in Jefferson City. The Indians finished sixth out of seven teams with a score of 376 while Eldon placed seventh with a score of 377 respectively. Helias Catholic won the event with a score of 311.
The cutoff score to qualify for state was 87 and one golfer from each team narrowly made the cut. Rogers shot an 85 and tied for 18th out of 53 total golfers while Krantz shot an 87 and tied for 22nd.
“Jacob is returning to state for the second year in a row. He did not have his best day, but it was good enough and he is very excited,” Osage coach L.J. Weeks said. “My others did well, but it just was not their day.”
Osage’s Nick Riley shot a 91, Chance Foster put up a 98 and Collin Thomas recorded a 100.
Eldon’s Austin Kostelnik recorded a score of 94, Austyn Grisham finished his day with a 95 and Christian Potucek put up a score of 101.
Meanwhile, Bartlett had a big day for the Tigers in a Class 2 sectional at Whispering Oaks Golf Course in Strafford as he tied for third with a round of 82 and will be participating at state for the first time as a sophomore. Garrett Boatright was also in action for Versailles and ended his day with a 99, narrowly missing the state qualifying score of 91.
“Ori and Garrett have both put in time during the offseason to improve their golf game. This season it showed and they have seen their scores drop and have played more consistently,” Versailles coach Kent Thomas said. “They are both examples of how hard work pays off.”
That was no different on Monday and Thomas did not hesitate to mention how proud he was of all of his golfers.
“Garrett knows he could have scored better, but he will only use this experience to get better and I am sure he will be back next year. Ori was steady all day long. He did not get rattled when he made a few bad shots and avoided a big number on any hole so he should be very proud of making it to state. I am proud of all of my guys this season in Ori, Garrett and Peyton Cable.”
Rogers and Krantz will compete at state on Monday and Tuesday at Sedalia Country Club while Bartlett will take his swings on the same day at Fremont Hills Country Club in Fremont Hills, Mo. Tee times are yet to be determined.
Camdenton golfer gains valuable experience at sectionals
The golf season has come to an end for Camdenton freshman Ethan Kline.
Kline took his swings in sectional action at Hoots Hollow Golf Course near Kansas City and put up a score of 83 which tied him for 28th out of 50 total golfers. The freshman missed the state qualifying score by just three strokes, but it was an experience the freshman can build upon over the final three years of his Laker career.
“I’m very pleased with Ethan’s effort and performance at sectionals,” Camdenton coach Shawn Maschino said. “Ethan has a true passion for the game. In reality, he is only at the halfway point of his golf season with summer golf being an opportunity to improve on the work started during high school.”
Another good sign for the Lakers is that all five varsity starters will be returning next year and Maschino said there is no guarantee they will start, but there is a solid foundation to build on.
“I am looking forward to working with this group of golfers this summer and next year,” the coach stated.
This young group will soon get back to work and time will tell what they can be capable of in the years to come.