Temps in the 80s and gusting wind highlighted day two of the Class 4 state golf tournament Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. Timberland captured the team title, edging Rockhurst for the team title to cap off a perfect season. Rockhurst's Patrick Byrne and Vianney's Matt Mueller shared medalist honors with two day totals of 146 (+2).
PHOTOS FROM CLASS 4 STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
Locally, Kickapoo junior John Fuchs carried the torch with solid rounds of 76 and 75, finishing 10th place and earning all-state honors.
"That was one of my main goals was to finish all-state," said Fuchs, who also plays football and basketball for the Chiefs. "I played two pretty solid rounds and got in there, so I'm pretty happy with it."
Fuchs was steady as they come with only one hole worse than a bogey (a double bogey on 17 Monday). He closed his tournament by just missing a 15 foot eagle putt on 18, tapping in for birdie. Palmer Harrison, Jake Loveland, Mitchell Kiser and Taylor Dade joined Fuchs in helping the Chiefs to a 6th place finish, missing the podium by just two spots.
Ozark senior Miles Aduddel was right on the heals of Fuchs, tying for 13th place with rounds of 77 and 75, also earning all-state.
"I put two solid rounds together and can't complain," said Aduddel, who is committed to play at Drury next season. "I got all-state and I'm happy with that. Holes 10 through 14 I was 9-over for the two days and I'd like to have those back, but there's always the shoulda woulda coulda."
Aduddel, who spent his freshman year at Ozark before being home schooled the last two years, said he was less effected by the wind because of his low ball flight.
"My irons were spot on this week. The key was hitting a lot of greens and short putts for birdie and par."
The 2012 class 3 state champ Dylan Bekemeier finished just outside of all-state with back to back rounds of 77. After a solid second round front nine Bekemeier struggled on the back nine Tuesday, including an errant tee shot into the water on his 18th hole (number 9) for double bogey.
"I played the back nine of the course even both days, but couldn't get it going on the front nine," said Bekemeier.
The disappointment of this year's tournament overshadowed an otherwise glaring year for Bekemeier and the Tigers. He was the starting point guard for the class 4 state champ basketball team as well.
"Between golf and basketball I was just overwhelmed this year. Being in the right place at the right time, being able to win two state championships was more than I could ask for."
Slow play was also a factor for several golfers. Bekemeier and Aduddell's group finished just shy of six hours.
"I hate waiting," said Bekemeier. "I'm a very impatient person. Some shots we waited 20 minutes to hit. "You hit again and it felt like you haven't swung all day."
Republic teammate Beau Allen, who played in the last group of the day, was one shot behind Bekemeier with a two day 155 (+11).
Glendale's trio of Baron Weaver, Sam Holmes and Chris Obert all improved on their first day. Weaver led the way finishing 33rd overall (158).
Other top area finishers were Branson's Nicklaus Carley (159), Rolla's Michael Steelman (160) and Branson's David Bennett (163).
Full Class 4 individual results
|1||Timberland High School||310-309 = 619|
|2||Rockhurst High School||317-304 = 621|
|3||Marquette High School||308-320 = 628|
|4||Rock Bridge High School||316-316 = 632|
|5||Park Hill South High School||315-325 = 640|
|6||Kickapoo High School||323-321 = 644|
|7||Poplar Bluff High School||329-326 = 655|
|8||Francis Howell High School||322-340 = 662|