By JIM MISUNAS
SALINA – The first lightning bolt struck shortly after 9:45 a.m. Monday at the 1A state golf championship. A similar story was replayed across the state for Monday’s boys golf state championships.
Shortly after noon, play was postponed until 11 a.m. Tuesday at Salina Municipal Golf Course.
However, torrential rain pounded Salina for several hours after the initial delay, casting serious doubt for a resumption Tuesday. Salina is forecast for an 80 percent chance of rain through 8 a.m. Tuesday. It’s likely play will be delayed until Wednesday when the forecast is 76 degrees with sunny skies.
Central Plains Oiler Alex Hickel shot 2-over-par through 5 holes. Fort Hays State signee Hickel won five tournaments and placed runner-up in two tourneys this spring. He’s averaged 31/2 strokes over par in eight tournaments.
South Gray’s Eli Bullinger is even-par through 5 holes. Stockton’s Brady Beougher and Atwood’s Brenan Dixson are 1-over-par through 5 holes.
St. John’s Marshall Woolf is 4-over-par through 6 holes. St. John’s Mason Osborne is 6-over-par through 5 holes. Central Plains’ Brett Thompson shot 11-over-par through 5 holes.
Lightning delayed competition at every state site.
6A (NEWTON) – Play is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sand Creek Station Golf Course. Golfers played as many as eight holes. Garden City’s Sion Audrain, a Kansas Jayhawk signee, is 2-under-par through six holes.
5A (DODGE CITY) – Play is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dodge City’s Mariah Hills Golf course with a shotgun start.
Great Bend qualified for 5A state for the first time since 2003. Great Bend qualified fourth-place regional medalist Cole Streck (80), 11th-place Cal Dunekack (88), Brantley Baldwin (92), Jayson Effertz (95); Scott Heilman (106); and Cayden Bouse (115).
4A (WINFIELD) – Play is scheduled to resume at noon Tuesday at Quail Ridge Golf Course. Players finished as many as six holes.
3A (EMPORIA) – Golfers finished as many as 12 holes at Emporia Municipal Golf Course. Wellsville’s Jackson Dwyer is 2-over-par through nine holes.
Hoisington’s scores – Drew Nicholson, 8 over, 10 holes; Nolan Wilborn, 15 over, 7 holes; Braeden Hopkins, 19 over, 10 holes; Jakob Breit, 19 over, 10 holes; Noah Dolezal, 28 over, 11 holes.
2A (HESSTON) – Play is scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Players finished as many as eight holes.
Four-time defending champion Salina Sacred Heart is dominating with four of the top five scores at Hesston Golf Park. Kameron Shaw is 1-under-par through six holes and teammate Jack Elmore is even-par through six holes.