It took a little longer than most had hoped but the KSHSAA State Boys Golf wrapped up Wednesday afternoon after being delayed due to weather on Monday. Two area golfers, both from Goodland, shot low enough to place inside the top 10 to bring home medals.
Cowboy seniors Ryan Lalicker and Garin Ihrig each shot at 80 or under to place at the 3A tournament at Emporia’s Municipal Golf Course. Lalicker had the best performance tying for second with a six-over 77 but ended up placing third due to a tiebreaker. Ihrig placed tenth shooting nine-over par with an even 80. Sabetha’s David Pierson shot the individual low round with a five-over 76 leading his team to a team state title.
The Cowboys as a team ended up placing fifth with a 340 but were only four strokes away from tying for second. State champion Sabetha ran away from the field with a 327. Only five strokes separated the second & sixth place teams.
Other Goodland golfers finished as such: Brennan Brumbaugh shot an 89 to place 36th, Brock Mull shot an 94 to place in the 60’s. Talon Cooke shot an even 100 & Zach Werner shot a 140.
In Salina at the 1A state tournament, no golfer placed any higher than 20th. Rawlins County, who qualified as a team, had two guys tie for 20th place in Kendrick Woody & Isaac Domsch. Both guys shot plus-17, 87’s. Brenan Dixson, who was near the top of the leaderboard when play was suspended on Monday, ended up placing 23rd with an 88.
As for the other Buffalo golfers: Arie Olsen shot a 109, Ryan Domsch & Cade Migchelbrink each shot a 124.
As a team, Rawlins County placed tied for sixth with South Gray with 371 combined score. Frankfort was the 1A state champ with a 336 just edging runner-up Osborne was four shots.
Two other northwest Kansas golfers competed as well in Salina. Jose Chavez of Greeley County shot an 89 to place inside the top 30 and Wallace County’s Andrew Noone shot a 94 to just place outside the top 40.
2A State Boys Golf has still yet to be competed in Hesston. Play will restart this coming Tuesday the 28th.