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Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:54 am, Mon May 21, 2012.

Waiting was the hardest part for the Borgia golf Knights Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Club in Springfield.

But when senior Cameron Stahlman sank his final putt and the scores were posted, the Knights learned they were MSHSAA Class 3 state champions.

“The title was in doubt all the way to the final hole,” said Borgia Head Coach Dave Neier. “That made it very intense. The kids were ecstatic when they found out the final results. We didn’t know until the scores were posted. It was great to see how the kids reacted. They were enthused and excited. You could see the joy on their faces. That made it fun.”

Borgia senior Cameron Stahlman, who tied for fourth place overall and was one of two all-state golfers, said he knew it would be close, but not how close as it ended.

“I was in the final group on the second day,” Stahlman said. “I had no clue. I asked the coach from Westminster how his team was doing. I talked to Coach Neier right before the 18th hole and he told me how our team was doing. I knew it was going to be close coming down the stretch but I didn’t know exactly until I got into the clubhouse.”

Dolan said it came down to Stahlman’s final hole.

“It’s unbelievable,” senior Bryce Dolan said. “You’ve got to count every shot. At the state level, it’s a team sport. When you’re out there struggling, you’ve got to remember that every shot counts. In this case, every shot did count. We clipped a really good team in MICDS. It came down to pretty much the final putt. Luckily Cam knocked it in there to get us that state championship.”

Borgia shot 609 over the two-day tournament, ending at 304 on the first day and 305 on the second, to edge first-day leader MICDS by one stroke (302-308, 610) to earn the school’s second golf title. Borgia also won the 1999 state title.

“You try to teach not only to play for yourself, but also for the team,” Neier said. “You have to forget about bad holes. You have to remember you can help the team out by minimizing bad holes. The kids all had bad holes, but they were able to pick themselves back up. They did a great job.”

Team Scores

Westminster, which had held second place after one day, placed third (303-309, 612).

The top three teams, which were separated by two strokes after one day, were followed by Logan-Rogersville (316-308, 624), Cape Notre Dame (315-317, 632), Kearney (322-310, 632), Sikeston (329-322, 651), Excelsior Springs (331-327, 658), Bolivar (333-350, 683) and Sullivan (350-348, 698) in the team standings.

The Knights had the best second-day score at 305, three strokes better than MICDS. And that was just enough to win the title.

All-State Pair

Borgia had two individual medalists.

• Senior Cameron Stahlman tied for fourth with a two-day score of 146. He shot 72 on the opening day and 74 on the second day.

“It’s a great feeling,” Stahlman said. “I’m very excited, very happy and thrilled to be a part of the team. I’m going up on the wall and that’s the best feeling of the whole thing.”

• Dolan tied for 10th with a two-day score of 148. He shot 73 on the opening day and 75 on the second day.

“It’s unbelievable,” Dolan said. “All of us have been playing golf since we were little and we’ve been practicing so hard this year. We thought we had something going into the year with us three seniors and two young guns who really can play some golf. When we got to the state championship, we finally all put it together and did something special.”

Playing for the Team

Borgia’s other three golfers posted solid scores to help the Knights capture the top trophy.

• Senior Alex Buschman finished just five strokes out of the medals with a two-day score of 155. He shot 77 in the opening round and 78 on the second day.

Borgia’s two underclassmen each trimmed four strokes off their first-day totals to lift the Knights.

“It was absolutely awesome,” Buschman said. “Last year, I did it for the first time and it was awesome. It’s just great to be out there and to see everyone watching you. It’s great to show what you’ve got.”

Neier credited the three seniors, Stahlman, Dolan and Buschman, with leading the way this season.

“Stahlman, Dolan and Buschman, the whole senior group, led the way,” Neier said. “They took turns winning medals at different tournaments throughout the season. We had great leadership from the seniors.”

• Freshman Clayton Voss shot 160 for the tournament, improving from 82 on the first day to 78 on the second day. He tied for 38th in the final standings.

“Getting a state championship as a freshman, that’s something I knew we had a shot at coming into the season,” Voss said. “To get it my first year is something I’m not going to forget.”

Voss said every stroke counted.

“I knew every stroke was going to count,” Voss said. “We were down two after the first day and MICDS was a solid team. We all had to play our game to beat them. I just had to focus on every shot and do whatever I could go get the team the W.”

• Sophomore Alex Rennick went from an 84 on the first day to an 80 on the second day to tie for 56th with a two-day score of 164.

“I’ve got two more years,” Rennick said. “I improved a lot between my freshman year and sophomore year. Hopefully I can keep improving next year even more. Hopefully we’ll have a shot again next year.”

Neier said having two players coming back next season will build a solid base for the future.

“They played for themselves and the team,” Neier said about the underclassmen. “They conquered their nerves and shot well both days. It’s a great step for the future of Borgia golf.”

Neier said all five golfers displayed grace under pressure.

“There was some nervousness among the players to shoot good golf,” Neier said. “It takes courage. I think all the teams went out and shot well. We were fortunate that our kids played well both days. All of our kids played well and that made the difference.”

Third After First Day

After the first day, Borgia held third at 304, one stroke behind second-place Westminster and two behind MICDS. And that’s right where the Knights wanted to be.

“Talking with (Assistant Coach) Chip (Thompson), we really were glad to be in third after the first day,” Neier said. “The pressure was off. MICDS led and Westminster had beaten them twice this season. That put more pressure on those teams. You can see that in the big tournaments when someone has to sleep on the lead, it’s tough.”

The Knights were relaxed after the first day of action.

“We were sitting in the hot tub the night before,” Stahlman said. “I told them that if we were paired with a guy from MICDS and a guy from Westminster to just beat your guy and we would win. That’s all we had to do.”

Dolan knew the Knights had a very strong first day.

“We came down there and had a feeling we were going to do pretty well,” Dolan said. “Shooting 304 is a great score and we were down by two. That just shows how great the competition was. We were really content with where we were. We knew we could make a run on the second day just how everyone was hitting the ball. We were happy. Obviously we wanted to be in first but we were fine coming from behind.”

Buschman said the Knights knew everyone had to contribute.

“We knew we were two shots back,” Buschman said. “I wasn’t playing my absolute best but I knew every shot counted. I knew I had to stay in there and make every putt I could.”

Voss said it was better to be close behind than leading after the first day.

“Being down two actually felt better than being up by two after day 1,” Voss said. “Being able to sleep and knowing you could come from behind to win actually was a little easier than trying to hold the lead, I thought.”

Rennick stated that only a little improvement would get the job done.

“I knew we had a good chance,” Rennick said. “Two strokes is not much in golf. I knew if we all improved, we had a really good chance to win.”

Neier said Borgia took advantage of the situation.

“You don’t want to be way off the lead,” Neier said. “We felt we were in good shape going into the second day. I think we were in a good positive position and the kids took it to heart. They went out to shoot the best scores possible. I’ve got to tip my hat to the kids.”

Neier credited Thompson with making a difference on the team.

“Chip Thompson does a tremendous job,” Neier said. “He knows golf exceptionally well and the psychology needed to prepare the golfers. He has been a tremendous addition to the school and the team.”

Following are thoughts from each of the golfers.

Cameron Stahlman

Initial thoughts:

“It feels great. I’m still in shock with everything. I’m just trying to take it all in.”

On being near the individual lead:

“I wanted to give myself a chance going into the first day. That was my main goal to just give myself a chance. I accomplished a goal there.”

On going up on the wall:

“It’s a great feeling. I’m very excited, very happy and thrilled to be a part of the team. I’m going up on the wall and that’s the best feeling of the whole thing.”

Bryce Dolan

On his biggest thrill:

“The state championship of course (over making all-state). I could have finished dead last and if we won the state championship I still would have felt great. I could have won an individual state championship and this still was twice as great. I just want a board. I’ve been trying to get it for the last four years. I think this is my sixth try in two different sports. It was time to go out with a bang with one.”

On having individual success at the state meet:

“The last three years, I’ve gone up there and laid an egg after playing well at districts and sectionals. This year, I made it a point to stay focused and play as well as I could. I thought I played great. My scores were good enough to get me all-state honors and that’s always been a big deal to me to finish in the top 15 and be able wear that medal with the greatest players in the state.”

On his fellow seniors:

“It’s fun. We always want to win the team competition. I think there’s a little competition within all five of us. We all want to win a tournament and get that top spot. It just so happened that all of us had the chance to do that. It seemed that Alex was in the hunt in the last four tournaments and so was Cam. I didn’t play well coming down the stretch. It’s always good to compete against great players and it’s nice to have them on my team.”

On playing the second day:

Played in the second-to-last group with Westminster, Republic and Monett golfers. One of them is going to Mizzou and the kid from Republic won the individual state championship. It was great to play with those guys. Just to try to stay at their level — the kid who shot 68 was just unbelievable and a lot of fun to watch. Just to try to stay with them helped me to stay focused and keep my head in the game.”

Alex Buschman

On his fellow seniors:

“We all played well. Not everyone was on at the same time. We all switched. We all had our time to shine and we all did well.”

On making the wall:

“It was good. It was fun. I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m excited, great to see that board up there. I’m excited to be up there for the rest of my life.”

Clayton Voss

On the experience:

“It’s something I’m not going to forget anytime soon. It was a great experience.”

On breaking into the lineup:

“They treated me well. They knew I was going to help them win if I played my game.”

On first-day nerves:

“For sure on day one, standing on that first team you get a little nervous. But as the round went on and into day two, I settled in and played my game.”

Alex Rennick

On comparing golf to other sports he’s played:

“I played baseball from when I was in preschool and I picked up golf about fifth or sixth grade and I loved it, so I just stuck with it. These guys carried me to the state tournament two years in a row and we finally won it. Tennis and golf are a lot alike. They both are individual sports. You’ve got to learn to keep your temper and play your own game.”

On waiting for the rest of the golfers to come in:

“I really was nervous. I didn’t know where we were at whenever Cameron came in. Whenever we finally got down to the pro shop, we saw that we were ahead one.”

On the future of Borgia golf:

“Hopefully the future holds another state title.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles 85, Bayless 32

%Westminster 64, Washington 44

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific 48, Eureka 38

%Borgia 72, St. Clair 36

#South Callaway 68, North Callaway 29

#Hermann 28, Russellville 13

Crosspoint 59, Heritage Christian Academy 18

%Francis Howell Central 87, Union 79

#New Bloomfield 63, Montgomery Co 59

#Harrisburg 48, New Haven 39

Thursday, Jan. 15

#North Callaway 65, Montgomery County 58

#South Callaway 84, New Bloomfield 58

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Russellville 36, New Haven 34

#Harrisburg 51, Hermann 44

Friday, Jan. 16

%Washington 71, Bayless 43

%Union 65, St. Clair 52

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles 67, Westminster 50

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven vs. Montgomery Co.    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game — Russellville vs. North Callaway    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia 60, Francis Howell Central 53

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game — Bayless 58, St. Clair 43

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Bloomfield   3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game — Washington 66, Union 59

%Third-place game — Westminster 66, Francis Howell Central 62

#Championship game — Harrisburg vs. South Callaway    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game — St. Charles 65, Borgia 40

Sunday, Jan. 18

Pacific vs. Jefferson City (Mizzou)    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

Union 86, Warrenton 62

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Park Hills Central 72, St. Clair 55

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

Linn 59, New Haven 38

Thursday, Jan. 22

Union 86, Cuba 72

Fulton SA at Rivers of Life    6 p.m.

Borgia 70, O'Fallon Christian 35

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    7 p.m.

Pacific 69, Wichita Independent 46

Friday, Jan. 23

Cuba at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:45 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    7 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Pacific vs. Riverton at Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    8:30 p.m.

New Haven at Chamois    6 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24

Pacific vs. TBA, Frontenac Tny (Kan.)    TBA

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge vs. Northwest    5:30 p.m.

^Lutheran South vs. Hillsboro    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton vs. Chamois    6 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Owensville    6 p.m.

^Washington vs. St. Clair    7 p.m.

~Wright City vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

~Montgomery Co vs. St. James    7:30 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Rock Bridge-Northwest loser vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro loser    5:30 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois loser vs. Wright City-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

~Warrenton-Chamois winner vs. Wright City-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

^Borgia-Union loser vs. Washington-St. Clair loser    7 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville loser vs. Montgomery Co-St. James loser    7:30 p.m.

~Hermann-Owensville winner vs. Montgomery Co-St. James winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge-Northwest winner vs. Lutheran South-Hillsboro winner    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia-Union winner vs. Washington-St. Clair winner    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 12

St. Clair 60, Lutheran South 49

Pacific 65, Lindbergh 40

@Washington 79, Patriettes 28

#Harrisburg 69,  Russellville 45

#New Bloomfield 54, Montgomery Co 29   

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias 47, Sullivan 42

#North Callaway 49 vs. New Haven 39 

#Hermann 44 vs. South Callaway 40

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Ursuline 63, Pacific 44

St. Clair 58, Ft. Zumwalt East 27

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West 45, Union 38

@Borgia 57, Eureka 35

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Russellville 43,  New Haven 24

#North Callaway 63, Harrisburg 57

# South Callaway 46, Montgomery Co 28

#New Bloomfield 58, Hermann 50

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

St. Clair 54, Northwest 38

@Sullivan 64, Patriettes 32

@Union 56, Eureka 26

Friday, Jan. 16

@Helias 38, Washington 35

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game — New Haven 52, Montgomery County 40

#Consolation — Russellville vs.  South Callaway  6 p.m.

@Borgia 47, St. Charles West 37

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game — Eureka 69, Patriettes 39

#Third-place game — Hermann vs. Harrisburg   2 p.m.

@Consolation game — Sullivan 45, Union 38

@Third-place game — Washington 55, St. Charles West 37

#Championship — New Bloomfield vs. North Callaway    5 p.m.

@Championship — Borgia 37, Helias 36

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville 78,  St. Clair 68

Warrenton 51, Union 44

New Haven 44, Montgomery Cnty 40 

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.-rescheduled for Friday, Jan. 23

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Pacific 63, Parkway West 43

New Haven 35, Wellsville 26

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

Borgia 56, O'Fallon Christian 26

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Pacific 55, Eureka 40

Thursday, Jan. 22

*Washington 56, Ft. Zumwalt East 30

*Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    5:30 p.m.

Silex 45, New Haven 44

Borgia 67, Trinity 22

Friday, Jan. 23

*Fulton SA at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt vs. Pacific    4 p.m.

^Union vs. Warrenton    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

^St. Clair vs. Lutheran South    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

^Washington vs. Wentzville Liberty    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Wright City    7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Holt-Pacific loser vs. Union-Warrenton loser    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty loser vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South loser    5:30 p.m.

~Owensville vs. New Haven    6 p.m.

^Holt-Pacific winner vs. Union-Warrenton winner    7 p.m.

~Hermann vs. Chamois    7:30 p.m.

^Washington-Wentzville Liberty winner vs. St. Clair-Lutheran South winner    8:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Borgia at Notre Dame    6:45 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game    4 p.m.

~Consolation    5 p.m.

^Consolation    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game    6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game    7 p.m.

~Championship    8 p.m.

^Championship    8:30 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament


Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt North 39, Washington 36

*Union 41, St. James 24

*Union 49, Sullivan 24

Warrenton 48, Union 30

Thursday, Jan. 22

Priory/Windsor at Pacific    5 p.m.

Borgia at Festus    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 23

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 24

Union, Pacific at MICDS Tny    TBA

St. Clair at Ft. Zumwalt South Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific at St. Clair    6 p.m.

Borgia at Helias Tri-Meet    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Union at Farmington/Summit    5 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James/Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Washington at Seckman    6 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    TBA

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at Potosi/Festus    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington vs. Borgia    noon

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington at St. Charles West    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

*Conference Games