At Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar, Rockhurst High School in Kansas City finished just ahead of Poplar Bluff for the second straight year in the Class 4 high school golf championships, only this year both teams finished one spot higher than last year. That’s probably little consolation for PBHS, which finished second in 2005, instead of third, to Rockhurst. The Hawklets finished with a score of 613 (+37), two strokes better than Poplar Bluff. It is their 8th state title. Columbia Hickman, which led after day one, finished six strokes out of the title.
The individual champs in Class 4 were Jefferson City Helias junior Connor McHenry and Kirkwood senior Ben Wood, who were both -3 for the 36-hole championship. Springfield Central freshman Kevin Kring and Lebanon junior Jay McBride were one stroke behind. Defending champ Tyler Hillis, a sophomore from Poplar Bluff finished tied for fifth.
In Class 3, Mary Institute-Country Day set a state record by shooting 595 on Monday and Tuesday, to win their second straight title and the sixth in school history. The old record, which was set by Chaminade in the Class 4 championship last year, was 600. MICDS went on to win the state title by 23 strokes over second-place Ozark. The Class 3 championship was at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield.
MICDS junior Ross Millman finished at -1 to win the individual state championship, edging out teammate Tyler Johnson by one stroke for the title.
At Deer Lake Golf Course in Springfield, Mt. Vernon finished two strokes higher on Tuesday than they did on Monday. Luckily for them they those two strokes were barely a blip on the radar as they beat second-place Mountain Grove by 16 strokes to win the Class 2 title. Mt. Vernon, which made the state tourney for the fourth straight year, won its second straight state championship.
The individual honor in Class 2 went to three golfers: Freshman Jared King of Lawson, senior Dalton Owens of Mt. Vernon and junior Justin Yoder of Versailles all finished one stroke over par.
Tipton continued to have its way with the field in Class 1, as they cruised to a 15-stroke victory over Marceline to win their third-straight state title at Island Green Golf Course in Republic.. The Cardinals finished with a 655 (+79).
Jared Essary, a sophomore from Galena, finished five-over par to win the individual championship.