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Panther golfer places seventh
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MCPHERSON — Great Bend ninth-grader Cole Streck continues to shine with a hard-earned 7-over-par 77 that placed seventh at Thursday’s McPherson Invitational Golf Tournament.
Streck played his final 16 holes at Turkey creek Golf Course in 4-over-par after starting with a double bogey and bogey.
“Placing seventh as a freshman in a 15-school tournament is a good accomplishment,” said Great Bend coach Travis McAtee. “Cole played solid after a rough two-hole start. Going 3-over after two holes, he played the last 16 holes in 4-over par.
Golfers played in perfect weather — 70 degrees with light wind.
“We had a beautiful day to play,” McAtee said. “Turkey Creek is a challenging course with several water hazards in play. It was nice to have Mother Nature’s cooperation Thursday.
Great Bend placed seventh (365). Also posting scores were Jayson Effertz (90), Brantley Baldwin (94), Cal Dunekack (104), Ishmael Rodriquez (112), and Grant Keller (126).
“We continue to be led in scoring by four freshmen,” McAtee said. “I’m excited to see how much better they will get as time goes on. We’re looking to fill our fifth and sixth varsity spots with better scores as the season continues. We have a few guys still competing for the positions.”
The Panthers compete at Hays April 16.
Defending 2A state champion Salina Sacred Heart cruised to first place (300) with Hays High (312) finishing second. Hays High’s Tradgon McCrae (72) edged a trio of Sacred Heart Knights for medalist honors.

Turkey Creek GC
1—Salina Sacred Heart 300
2—Hays High 312
3—Salina South 335
4—Sterling 344
5—Arkansas City 353
6—Newton 356
7—Great Bend 365
8—Buhler 367
9—Hutchinson 367
10—McPherson 374
11—Campus 397
12—Derby 404
13—El Dorado 406
14—St. John 444

1—Tradgon McCrae, Hays, 72 (36-36)
2—Grant Herrenbruck, Sacred Heart, 73 (38-35)
3—Tate Herrenbruck, Sacred Heart, 73 (38-35)
4—Kameron Shaw, Sacred Heart, 75 (35-40)
5—Allen Zollinger, Hays, 76 (36-40)
6—Josh Norris, Hays, 76 (39-37)
7—Cole Streck, Great Bend, 77 (39-38)
8—Zach Schissler, Sterling, 77 (36-41)
9—Trevor Mullen, SS, 78 (38-40)
10—Quentin Shaw, Sacred Heart, 79 (38-41)
GREAT BEND (365)—7—Cole Streck, 77; 29—Jayson Effertz, 90; 38—Brantley Baldwin, 94; 59—Cal Dunekack, 104; 70—Ishmael Rodriguez, 112; 77—Grant Keller, 126
STERLING (344)—7—Zach Schissler, 77; 13—Lucas Weigel, 82; 23—Lucas Briar, 89; 45—James McNutt, 96; 73—Wyatt Schmidt, 116

ST. JOHN (444)—57—Luke Mercer, 103; 58—Braden Witt, 104; 65—Mason Osborne, 107; 79—Austin Woolf, 130