Four Lake area golfers make the cut

Lake area golfers will be going to state.

Sectional tournaments took place across Missouri on Monday and golfers representing Camdenton, Osage and Versailles made the cut and earned their spot.

One of those golfers was Camdenton’s Spencer Melville as he and teammate C.J. Rogers went to battle amongst a field of 50 in a Class 4 sectional at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. Melville shot an 83 to tie for 16th and finish right at the cutline as every golfer with a score of 84 or higher was sent home.

“Spencer had a good day of golf. It was the usual round for most golfers where you have some peaks and valleys,” Camdenton coach Shawn Maschino said. “The most important thing was he stayed away from the big numbers and finished very strong. I was really pleased with how well he finished and I think he is starting to see that each stroke needs his full concentration.”

Rogers took 48th with a round of 101, but Maschino was glad to see him walk away with his head held high.

“C.J. did not have his best day and he battled through the round. He was disappointed, but still had a smile on his face at the end of the day,” the coach said.

Up next is the state tournament at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City on Monday and Tuesday and Maschino noted it could serve as a good building block for Melville, who is just a sophomore.

“He has set some pretty high goals for himself and I think this tournament will be a great experience for him,” the coach said.

School of the Osage and Eldon were in Class 3 sectional action at Whispering Oaks Golf Course in Marshfield against a field of 52 and just one golfer among the two programs survived and advanced.

After finishing as one of the top two teams in districts, Osage had all five golfers on hand and the team finished fourth out of six teams with a team score of 323 while Helias took the sectional title at 295 respectively.

“As a team, we actually scored about 20 strokes better than we did a week before at districts so I am proud of howe we did,” Osage coach L.J. Weeks said.

The Indians were led by Ethan Kline who punched his ticket to state with a score of 76 to finish eighth. Meanwhile, Zach Krantz missed the cut by a single stroke with a score of 80 to finish 23rd and returning state medalist Jacob Krantz was just two strokes away with a score of 81 to earn 26th. Chance Foster turned in an 85 to finish 34th and Nick Riley came in 46th at 93.

“I believe the cut was the lowest of any sectional tournament in the state yesterday. Ethan played well and my other players played well too,” Weeks pointed out.

“We had a good talk on the way home and while those who did not move on were disappointed, they also realize they played well and just not quite well enough to move on. It was not like they had an unusually bad day.”

Now, Kline will represent the Indians on a familiar course at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton next Monday and Tuesday and Weeks is excited to see what he can do.

“He has the talent and experience to make a run at state. We will be working this week on fine-tuning some things, especially in the short-game area,” Weeks said. “I’m excited to see how he does next week.”

Eldon sent three golfers to sectionals and Austin Kostelnik just missed out on a trip to state as he missed the cut by four strokes to earn 29th with a round of 83. Aidan Wells was just one stroke behind him to finish tied for 32nd with an 84 and Breckin Blankenship turned in a 94 to place 47th.

“The boys played well. The cut was just lower than most of us coaches thought and some boys missed it this year,” Eldon coach Matt Frey said. “We had a great season and I’m excited to see what next year has for us. We will miss our seniors, but the future looks bright for Eldon Mustang golf.”

Versailles was in familiar territory on Monday as the Tigers hosted a Class 2 sectional at Rolling Hills Country Club and sent their two sectional qualifiers on to state.

Ori Bartlett and Garrett Boatright both shot an 85 to tie for sixth place and earn one more round of golf.

“Ori had the lowest score on the back nine and Garrett tied for the lowest score on the front nine,” Versailles coach Chuck Campbell pointed out. “I was really impressed with how well Ori and Garrett played. They have both worked really hard to get to the state tournament.

Bartlett is now a two-time state qualifier and Boatright will be making his first appearance at state. The action will get underway on Monday and Tuesday at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.