CLAFLIN — The St. John High School boys’ golf team won a Central Prairie League title on Friday at the Claflin Golf Course.
The Tigers shot 309 to finish 16 strokes ahead of second-place Ness City.
“I told the guys that I wanted something under 320, so I was pretty happy with a 309,” St. John head coach Clint Kinnamon said. “I think that’s the lowest we’ve had since I’ve been here.”
Host Central Plains and Kinsley tied for third place with 399. After going to the fifth golfer’s score, Kinsley claimed third place.
St. John’s Kade Kinnamon was the league champion, shooting a 4-over par 72.
“Bryce (Garner) got off to a tough start,” Clint Kinnamon said. “He was 8-over after five holes, but he was able to turn it around.
“Kade got off to a good start and just stayed steady. Spencer (Nusser) has been consistent all year. If we can do that on Monday (at a Class 1A regional meet) and at state, we should have a chance.”
The Tigers had four golfers finish in the top 10, including Garner, Nusser and Jacob Falk.
Konnor Hickel of Central Plains finished second with 77.
“I thought Konnor did pretty well,” Central Plains head coach Jeff Potter said. “It’s the second time he’s taken second place in a tournament that we’ve hosted. He finished second at our varsity meet. He’s medaled in every meet we’ve been to this year.
“He’s our best golfer and he played pretty well today.”
Central Plains will play in a 2A regional meet at Ellinwood on Monday.
“The rest of our kids didn’t do as well as they have in the past. Each of our kids are able to shoot under 100.
“Hopefully, they got that out of their system now. They need to get lots of rest so they can start fresh on Monday.”
St. John hosts a 1A regional meet on Monday.