Eldon wins Class 2 District 4 championship and Versailles takes fourth, Camdenton sends two to Class 4 sectionals and Osage sending trio to Class 3 sectionals
Eldon wins Class 2 District 4 championship and Versailles takes fourth
Another championship belongs to Eldon.
After winning the Tri-County Conference Tournament last week for the first time in 15 years, the Mustangs bested the field once again at the Class 2 District 4 Tournament on their home course at Eldon Country Club on Monday and took home the title by no less than 23 strokes. This from a team that also finished regular season match play 26-1.
“It has been an exciting year to say the least,” said Eldon coach Matt Frey who also led the girls’ team to a district title last fall.
“The boys have worked hard the entire year and would show up to practice any time I asked and stay late when we needed to. Winning conference and districts this year has been positive for the kids, program and our school. It is a privilege to be a part of it and hope to continue our run in the postseason.”
Finishing as the top team among the top two that qualify, Eldon will send all five golfers to sectionals. Austin Kostelnik led the way for the Mustangs tying for third with a score of 85 after 18 holes. Aidan Wells finished sixth in the field of 45 golfers with an 86, Logan Schultz and Nick Willingham carded a 91 to tie for eighth to also earn All-District and Parker Dunham tied for 28th with a 114.
"The boys played really well. It was not our best performance, but the conditions were not ideal at the start and the boys were able to finish strong," Frey noted. "The wind has been steady the past few days and the greens were hard and fast which makes the course play fast."
The season will also continue for Versailles as Ori Bartlett, Garrett Boatright and Kyle Bartlett all qualified for sectionals, beating the cutoff score of 109. Versailles finished fourth in the team rankings with a 401 behind Eldon, California (376) and Butler (388).
“Ori and Garrett earn All-District honors and Kyle sees his season continue which is a fantastic testament to how hard they worked both during the tournament and prior,” Versailles coach Kyle Nolawski said.
Ori tied for third with an 85, Boatright tied for 14th with a 97, Kyle took 21st with a 106, Joel Faron tied for 25th at 113 and Caleb Sousley tied for 41st at 140.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the varsity guys who saw their season come to an end today. Joel showed a lot of improvement and had a great work ethic this year," Nolawski noted. "He is a fantastic young man, has a bright future and I look forward to continuing to work with him. Our first senior to depart, Caleb, is not only a great teammate but a great leader on this team. His enthusiasm, willingness to work and overall attitude were infectious. He is truly the definition of a great teammate."
Sectionals for both teams is this upcoming Monday at Rolling Hills Country Club in Versailles.
Camdenton sends two to Class 4 sectionals
The season goes on for Camdenton.
The Lakers played at Meadow Lake Acres in Jefferson City on Monday in the Class 4 District 5 Tournament and both C.J. Rogers and Spencer Melville are moving on. Camdenton finished sixth with a team score of 388 while Glendale claimed the title at 322 and Melville earned All-District honors with a round of 86 tying for 13th after 18 holes while Rogers qualified with a 95 tying for 23rd.
“I’m pleased with the two golfers heading to sectionals. They can put this round behind them, wipe the slate clean and live to play another day,” Camdenton coach Shawn Maschino said. “Our other three guys are disappointed and thankfully they have next year to look forward to.”
Preston Kelling placed 29th with a 101 in the field of 48 golfers, Lewis Wilson put up a 106 to finish 31st and Treyvor Watson tied for 35th at 110. Maschino pointed out that making the cut to move on was easier said than done.
"The course played tough today. A lot of kids we face in other tournaments struggled a bit," he said. "In our practice round yesterday we played pretty decent. Same course, different day, different result. It comes down to being able to handle the mental aspect of the game. It was not just our kids that did not handle the pressure of the district tournament. I saw a lot of kids struggle who normally do not."
Camdenton will be in Joplin on Monday to play for a shot at state.
Osage sending trio to sectionals
School of the Osage began its postseason in the Class 3 District 5 Tournament at Whispering Oaks in Marshfield on Monday and the Indians placed fourth with a score of 358 behind Helias (314), Springfield Catholic (319) and Bolivar (357).
However, a trio of Indians live to fight another day as Ethan Kline, Zach Krantz and Trevor Ralston all made the cut for sectionals.
“We were delayed about 20 minutes due to lightning but after that it was a beautiful day for golf,” Osage coach L.J. Weeks said. “It’s a great course that requires golfers to think and plot their way around... Overall I was very pleased with my guys and how we did as a team.”
Kline tied for third after 18 holes amongst a field of 43 golfers with a round of 75 to earn All-District and Krantz also earned All-District tying for 13th with an 83. Ralston posted a 99 to capture 25th and take the final qualifying spot and Weeks was glad to know that he would get to coach the senior for at least one more outing on the links. It certainly was not guaranteed for anyone.
"Those who keep it in the fairways have the chance of posting really good scores as the rough is often thick and deep. I saw several players yesterday trying to hit out and many struggled to advance the ball very far," the coach noted.
The season came to an end for Noah Hampton who shot a 101 to finish 26th and Andrew Reahr who posted a 102 to tie for 27th.
"My two that are not advancing still had a good day and played very comparable to what their averages have been for this season. Noah will be back next year," Weeks added.
Osage will play in sectionals at Briarbrook Country Club in Joplin on Monday.