ST. JOHN — While there was still competition to see who would be Class 1A regional champions at the tournament at the par-70 Stafford County Country Club, there wasn’t any question which teams would qualify for the state tournament.
Originally, the regional had six teams, but with players pulling out of the competition in the days leading into Monday, only three teams remained. The top three teams from each regional move on in the postseason.
St. John High School won the regional championship, and Pretty Prairie and Osborne both qualified for the state tournament, which is at Highlands Country Club in Hutchinson on Monday, May 21.
“We had six teams originally, but I kept having people calling me up over the last two or three days pulling kids out,” St. John head coach Clint Kinnamon said. “It came down to today. One school had a kid miss the bus, so they couldn’t compete as a team.”
The Tigers had the top four golfers at the tournament with Bryce Garner (75) winning the regional championship.
“We finished second at regionals last year,” Clint Kinnamon said. “Before that, we’d won the regional championship three years in a row. They kind of got accustomed to doing it, I think. It’s still exciting.”
Jacob Falk (81) finished second, beating teammate Spencer Nusser (81) in a playoff. Kade Kinnamon (86) finished fourth.
— Kevin Price
CLASS 1A REGIONAL
At St. John
Stafford County Country Club
1. St. John, 323; 2. Pretty Prairie, 357; 3. Osborne, 421
Top 10 individuals
(Plus St. John results)
1. Bryce Garner, St. John, 75; 2. Jacob Falk, St. John, 81; 3. Spencer Nusser, St. John, 81; 4. Kade Kinnamon, St. John, 86; 5. Cooper Pierce, Pretty Prairie, 87; 6. Sawyer LeSage, Pretty Prairie, 87; 7. Jacob Welker, Pretty Prairie, 90; 8. Dylan Barnett, Udall, 91; 9. Kaleb Garber, Pretty Prairie, 93; 10. Jacob Strohl, Pretty Prairie, 93; Zuriel Reyes, St. John, 98