Osage's Krantz earns All-State honors

The best golfers in the state of Missouri were in action on Monday and Tuesday competing for a state title.

Among them were Osage junior Jacob Krantz, Eldon senior Spencer Rogers and Versailles sophomore Ori Bartlett who put the work in throughout the season to get that opportunity and the privilege of competing in a state tournament is one all three golfers will not soon forget.

Krantz and Rogers took their swings in the two-day Class 3 Championship at Sedalia Country Club where they were amongst a field of 100 total golfers. Krantz was a returning state qualifier while Rogers got to compete at state for the very first time.

After the first day, Krantz shot an even par 70 and was just one stroke off the lead trailing only Southern Boone’s Brayden Watts. The junior proceeded to shoot a 79 the next day, but finished fifth overall and earned All-State honors. Krantz’ two-day score of 149 was just three strokes off the performance of Cassville’s Dylan Garner who became the state champion with a score of 146.

According to Osage coach L.J. Weeks, it was the best finish by a male Osage golfer since 1989.

“Class 3 typically has the most competitive field of all the classes, so to do well there is quite an accomplishment,” Weeks pointed out. “If you see Jacob or his family, offer some congrats. He’s a great young man and has really worked hard to get to this level of play.”

Eldon’s Rogers finished his day tied for 91st with a score of 178, but Coach Matt Frey was proud to see the senior make it to the final tournament after narrowly missing the cut each of the last two seasons.

“Spencer had a great season meeting his season long goal of making it to state,” Frey said. “He fell short of making it to medalist but I couldn't be more proud of him. He will be missed next year.”

Versailles’ Bartlett went to battle with 88 other golfers in the Class 2 Championship at Fremont Hills Country Club and it was not a bad outing for the sophomore’s first time at state as he finished in the middle of the pack at 44th with a score of 174.

“Ori had two solid rounds,” Versailles coach Kent Thomas stated. “Each round was up and down with some solid shots and a few errant ones. Overall, it was a great learning experience he can build on for the next couple of years.”

The golf season may have come to a conclusion, but it was a season all three programs can build upon as they eagerly begin the process of getting ready for the first tee in 2018.