Carthage and Willard’s Greg Mitchals stood atop the field after Monday’s windy Class 4 District 6 tournament at Greene Hills Country Club.
The top two teams and top 15 individuals from non-qualifying teams advanced to next week’s Class 4 Sectional 3 tournament at Rivercut in Springfield.
Sager leads Carthage to district crown
It’s been a good eight days for the Carthage Tigers boys’ golf team.
A week after winning the COC-Large Tournament, Carthage posted the top team score (349) in Monday’s district tournament at Willard. The Tigers bested second-place Kickapoo by six strokes.
Carthage last achieved the conference-district title sweep in 2014.
“I’m real pleased with the way we’ve played and come together as a team,” said Carthage coach Lowell Catron.
Robbie Sager led Carthage with an 11-over par 81. He placed second overall, a week after finishing in the same place at the COC-Large tournament.
“The wind definitely played a part in some of the shot decisions I had to make,” Sager said. “Today was about eliminating costly errors and just surviving.”
“Coach always tell us: ‘Eliminate the damage, stop the bleeding.’ That’s what I tried to do.”
Sager overcome a woeful start. He went 7-over on the front nine. He started 5-over on the first four holes of the back nine.
He recovered with birdies on Holes 14 and 15.
“I was able to get back in a groove,” Sager said.
Carthage’s Payton Williams (87) and Austin Musche (89) also placed in the top 10 individually. The Tigers have two seniors, one junior and two sophomores in their top five.
“It was typical spring golf,” Catron said. “The wind, the fast greens… those are things that boys are always having to deal with. It’s tough, but everyone has to do it, so you just try to minimize mistakes.”
Smith paces second-place Kickapoo
The scoreboard showed a third-place finish, but Kickapoo’s Logan Smith was far from satisfied with his round of 84.
A ball into the water hazard on Hole 12 and a double-bogey on Hole 2 it a frustrating round for Kickapoo’s No. 1 golfer.
“I struggled,” Smith said. “The wind got to me, I guess. I hit a lot of mediocre shots.
“I’m not satisfied about today. I should’ve played better.”
Jacob Hendricks (90), Corey Peper (90) and Sam Stack (91) placed in the top 15 for Kickapoo.
The Chiefs (355) edged Willard (356) by one stroke for second place. Kickapoo will compete as a team at next week’s sectional tournament at Rivercut.
“That’s our home course,” Smith said. “We should play better than we did here.
Willard’s Mitchals repeats as medalist
Greg Mitchals fared better than his previous round at Greene Hills.
Mitchals, Willard’s No. 1 golfer, took top medalist honors with a 10-over par 80.
About two weeks ago, he shot a 90 on his “home” course.
“Off the tee, I was way better today,” said Mitchals, who was also top medalist at last week’s COC-Large Tournament.
“It was tough with the wind today. Especially on the longer par 3s. It affects your ball way more.”
Mitchals recorded nine bogeys, one double-bogey and a lone birdie on the afternoon.
“I’m happy, but I didn’t play my best,” Mitchals said. “The greens were slick. They’re never this fast.”
Mitchals said he’s eager to play in sectionals at Rivercut next week, and beyond.
This year’s Class 4 state tournament is at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City.
“I love (Rivercut),” Mitchals said. “I feel like I’m playing pretty good, way better than two weeks ago.”