Camdenton, Osage, Eldon and Versailles send golfers to sectionals
The postseason got off to a great start for Lake area golfers on Monday.
Camdenton, Osage, Eldon and Versailles set out to take on their respective district tournaments, knowing that it was time to produce good results or go home and golfers from each school found a way to get the job done with 12 from the Lake area moving on to sectionals and taking another step closer to state.
Camdenton had the privilege of playing on familiar greens Monday as the Lakers hosted nine other schools in Class 4 District 5 tournament action.
At the end of the day, two Lakers found a way to advance among the field of 43 and move on to the next round as CJ Rogers and Spencer Melville made the cut and Rogers earned All-District honors. Rogers earned 13th by turning in a round of 87 after 18 holes and Melville was just behind him with a score of 90 in 20th. Camdenton finished sixth as a team with a score of 371 while Glendale took the top prize at 311.
“It was an interesting day. The greens were pretty quick and the wind was blowing pretty good,” Camdenton coach Shawn Maschino said. “At the beginning of the day, I thought 87 would be the cut line, but conditions today made the scores about eight to nine strokes higher than what I thought they would be.
“CJ and Spencer were on a roller coaster for a while. Neither thought they shot well enough, but as scores kept coming in high they started to realize that even on a bad day of golf good things can happen. You can never give up hope and just don’t know what will happen.”
Another Camdenton golfer nearly joined them as freshman Lewis Wilson missed the cut by a single stroke as he turned in a score of 95. Treyvor Watson finished 28th with a round of 99 and Preston Kelling came in 35th at 107.
“He has really come on towards the end of the year. He was a little disappointed, but I know he was pleased with his 95,” Maschino said of Wilson.
Now, Rogers and Melville will get to play on another familiar course as they head to Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield where the Ozark Conference Tournament took place last week. Having the opportunity to qualify for the state tournament should serve as plenty of motivation when the two Lakers hit the course on Monday.
“We are fortunate that we had our conference tournament there last Monday. Both CJ and Spencer have played the course twice this year, so I think they are looking forward to going back,” Maschino said of the upcoming sectional tournament.
It was a pretty good day for School of the Osage.
Every Indian qualified for sectionals as the program turned in one of the top two team scores and it also happened to be the best ever finish at districts in school history. Osage finished second in the Class 3 District 5 tournament with a team score of 342, trailing only Helias (315) in the 10-team tournament at Jefferson City Country Club.
“Jeff City Country Club is a difficult course so I was very happy with how we did as a team. Next week will be at a somewhat easier course, which will bring the scores down a bit,” Osage coach L.J. Weeks said. “There will also be some other very good teams there from the St. Louis region so we have our work cut out for us.”
Ethan Kline paced Osage with a score of 77 after 18 holes to finish third amongst a field of 43. Zach Krantz also earned a medal tying for sixth with an 84 along with his older brother Jacob Krantz who shot an 85 to tie for seventh. Chance Foster put up a 94 to finish 19th and Nick Riley put up a 104 as he tied for 26th.
Up next for the Indians is the sectional tournament at Marshfield on Monday where the team will be looking to qualify as many as possible to the state tournament. Should Osage advance, a familiar site in Old Kinderhook Golf Resort in Camdenton will be the next stop for the state tournament.
“I’m excited to still be playing as a full team. They are a great group to be around and I look forward to next week,” Weeks said of the road ahead.
Eldon will have a trio of golfers taking swings at sectionals as Austin Kostelnik, Aidan Wells and Breckon Blankenship all made the cut in Class 3 District 5 action at Jefferson City Country Club on Monday.
The Mustangs put up a team score 386 to finish fifth and were led by Kostelnik who shot an 87 to place eighth individually out of 43 golfers and earn All-District. Wells made the cut with a 91 to earn 18th, Blankenship turned in a round of 98 to earn 23rd, Nick Willingham put up a 110 to finish tied for 32nd and Cole Kliethermes added a 113 to place 35th.
Now, Eldon will look to punch its ticket to state at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton when the Mustangs travel to Marshfield on Monday for sectionals.
Versailles decided it would be nice to come back home one more time.
The Tigers began their postseason on Monday in the Class 2 District 4 Tournament at Karen Kjar Memorial Golf Course in Buffalo where the Tigers faced golfers representing nine other schools in the hopes of qualifying for sectionals at Rolling Hills Country Club in Versailles.
By the end of the day, Versailles finished fifth in the team standings with a score of 427 while two Tigers in Ori Bartlett and Garrett Boatright earned a trip to sectionals and qualified for the next round. California put up a 365 to finish first.
Bartlett was the runner-up medalist amongst a field of 44 and was just one stroke away from tying for a district championship as he turned in a score of 85 and earned All-District honors. Boatright put up a 98 to qualify as he finished 12th to earn All-District honors as well.
“Ori had a really solid day as he had the second lowest score on the front nine by one stroke and tied for the lowest score on the back nine,” Versailles coach Chuck Campbell said. “I was really proud of the way Garrett regrouped himself after struggling on the front nine.”
Meanwhile, Joel Faron turned in a 119 and came in 28th to finish just three spots away from qualifying while Kyle Bartlett added a 125 to finish 30th and Tristian Mayhew put up a 146 to earn 41st.
Versailles will look to earn a pair of spots at state when the Tigers go to battle for another 18 holes on Monday.