SENECA — The experience of competing at a Class 2A state golf tournament got to many of the Ellinwood High School golfers, according to Eagles head coach Greg Maxwell.
Ellinwood finished last in the 12-team field at 382.
“It was kind of a mixture of both bad and good,” Ellinwood head coach Greg Maxwell said. “Jared (Oelke) and Ryley (Ney) both played well for it being the state tournament.
“The rest just let nerves get to them.”
Ellsworth finished first as a team at 322. Kade Brown of Oberlin won an individual title at 70.
Ney and Oelke each carded 86 to lead the Eagles.
“Jared wasn’t overly pleased with his score, but I was pretty proud of it,” Maxwell said. “Ney had a terrible front nine, but he really played well on the back nine. I was especially proud of how he kept fighting.”
Oelke finished with 43 on both the front and back nine. Ney opened the tournament with a 47 on the front, but finished at 39 to close the day.
Gavin Vink (98), Trey Mosier (110), Andrew Degenhardt (112) and Colton Churchill (116) also competed for Ellinwood.
“We are just at an inexperienced level in tournament competition,” Maxwell said. “I would have been pleased with a 360, so we weren’t too far off. On our best day, we still probably wouldn’t be able to bring a top 10.
“We just needed to get out there and compete as best as we could. We just needed the experience, and hopefully we can get back again next year.”
— Kevin Price
Class 2A State Golf Tournament
Spring Creek Golf Course
1. Ellsworth, 322; 2. Wakeeney-Trego Community, 326; 3. Prairie Village-KC Christian, 332; 4. Sterling, 333; 5. Ellis, 335; 6. Belleville-Republic County, 336; 7. Meade, 339; 8. Olpe, 341; 9. Elkhart, 343; 10. Lyndon, 356; 11. Mound City-Jayhawk Lin, 359; 12. Ellinwood, 382
1. Kade Brown, Oberlin, 70; 2. Mark Cunningham, Ellsworth, 71; 3. Chase Coble, Olpe, 72; 4. Michael Hendricks, Sterling, 75; 5. Colin Kettler, Prairie Village, 76; 6. Christian Bickley, Prairie Village, 76; 7. Blake Porter, Belleville, 76; 8. Austin Lopez, Ellis, 76; 9. Skyler Tebo, Ellis, 76; 10. Nick Walsh, Lyndon, 77; 11. (tie) Matthew Keener, Ellsworth & Blake Huxman, Wakeeney, 78; 13. (tie) Devyn Bebermeyer, Belleville & Brad Pfannenstiel, Wakeeney, 79; 15. (tie) Devin Arndt, Olpe; Brogan Jones, Sterling & Garrett Berry, Oberlin, 80; 18. Cameron Coleman, Syracuse, 81; 19. (tie) Garrett Bland, Ellsworth; Adrian Pfannenstiel, Meade & Cameron Staples, Wakeeney, 82
Ryley Ney, 86; Jared Oelke, 86; Gavin Vink, 98; Trey Mosier, 110; Andrew Degenhardt, 112; Colton Churchill, 116