By Travis Mounts
The Cheney Cardinals finished the 2021 boys golf season as runners-up in Class 3A.
The Cardinals led after the first day of the two-day tournament, which was held May 24-25 at Hesston Golf Course. Cheney shot 329 the first day, leading Santa Fe Trail by 2 strokes and Trinity Academy by 5 strokes.
Cheney shot even better on Day 2, lowering their 18-hole score to 324, but it was not enough as Santa Fe Trail shot lights out on the second day, shooting 308 to lower their score by 23 points. That was enough to give Santa Fe a 639, coming in 14 strokes lower than Cheney’s 653. Trinity held on to third place, with a two-day score of 668.
Cheney head coach Tim Hiebert said Santa Fe had an off day the first day of play, and was closer to normal on Day 2.
That said, he was pleased with the Cardinals’ play at State and their steady improvement all season.
“I was really proud of what this team accomplished. The team improved steadily through the season. We could have played better if we had two more weeks,” he said.
Twelve teams qualified for State, and six made the cut to golf on Day 2.
Harrison Middleton shot 151 to place third overall. He shot 72 on the second day, lowering his score by 5 strokes.
“Harrison Middleton was our MVP this year. I’ve never had a golfer work as hard. Keegan (O’Shea) is the same way,” Hiebert said.
Aiden Lynch shot 163, finishing in a four-way tie for 14th. The freshman played his best golf of the year at State.
Keegan O’Shea turned in a score of 167, tying three others for 24th place. Owen Ast rounded out the scoring in a three-way tie for 31st, shooting 172.
The Cardinals should be in position to make another run next year. All four top golfers will return. Out of the six golfers who made State, only Ethan Cokely will graduate. The rest of the team is juniors, with the exception of Lynch.
Even though Cokely wasn’t always in the top four for the Cardinals, Heibert said he played a key role in the team’s success.
“He was our team leader. He really helped these guys get better,” Hiebert said.
Cheney: Harrison Middleton, 3rd, 151; Aiden Lynch, tie 14th, 163; Keegan O’Shea, tie 24th, 167; Owen Ast, tie 31st, 172; Ethan Cokely, 37th, 176; Jenson Hoeme, 54th, 214.
Tigers miss cut for Day 2
The Eisenhower Tigers just missed the cut at the Class 5A State golf tournament, held May 24-25 at Sand Creek Station in Newton.
The Tigers shot 335 on the tournament’s first day, coming in seventh and missing the cut by just 4 strokes. The top six out of 12 teams advanced to play on the tournament’s second day. Great Bend shot 331 to grab the sixth and final spot on Day 2.
Two Tigers shot well enough to play on the second day as individuals. Freshman Carson Wright shot 154 to finish in a five-way tie for 15th. Junior Emery Caylor tied three other golfers for 40th, shooting 165.
Jack Elliott was the first player after the cutline. He shot 88, missing Day 2 of the tournament by just 2 strokes.
Eisenhower: Carson Wright, tie 15th, 154; Emery Caylor, tie 40th, 165; Jack Elliott, 88; Brody Scafe, 89; Parker Steven, 96; Tyler Hardtarger, 97.
Indians close out careers at State
Two Clearwater Indians golfers wrapped up their high school careers with a trip to the Class 4A State meet, held at Mariah Hills Golf Course in Dodge City.
Seniors Christian Hastings and Caden Carlson both golfed on the first day, competing as individuals, but missed the cut for Day 2. Hastings shot 94 on Monday, missing the cut by 4 strokes, while Carlson shot 96.