Sullivan can add another district championship to its long list of accomplishments throughout the school year.
Hosting the Class 3 District 5 Golf Tournament Monday at Sullivan Country Club, the Eagles captured the district crown with a team score of 339.
"I'm very proud of the way our team battled through the tough conditions. We started out real slow, but managed to relax and make some important pars down the stretch. The course played tough on everyone" said Sullivan Coach Dino McKinney. "We're hoping to get a good week of practice in and see what we can do at sectionals."
The top two teams and the top 15 individuals (including ties) not from the top two squads qualified for sectional competition.
“Congratulations to Sullivan on their district championship,” said Union Coach Bill Juengel. “The golf course took its toll on a number of golfers. If they didn’t keep the ball in the fairway, the rough just ate it up and the strokes added up. The course was in really good shape considering the recent wind damage and all of the rain over the weekend.”
The Class 3 Sectional 3 Tournament takes place Monday at Marshfield Country Club at 9 a.m.
The top two sectional teams and the top 12 individuals qualify for the state tournament.
West Plains finished second in the district tournament with a score of 343, landing the second and final sectional qualifying spot.
Borgia was just one stroke behind second place, finishing third with 344.
“It was a little disappointing,” said Borgia Coach Dave Neier. “We qualified four for the sectional, but would have liked to have taken all five. Still, we have enough to play as a team in the next round.”
Marshfield placed fourth with 352 followed by St. James with 378, St. Clair with 386, Owensville with 421, Pacific with 424, Salem with 440 and Union with 485.
As it turned out, individual scores of 96 and better and the top 25 finishers overall qualified for the sectional meet.
The par-71 course was a challenge for the golfers.
“The course played tough and you could tell by the scores,” said St. Clair Coach Casey Korn.
Leading the way for Sullivan was Tylor Carrico, who finished with an 18-hole round of 10-over-par 81, which was the fourth-best score.
Drew Armstrong carded a score of 84. Justin Biermann came in with a score of 86. Gavin Yociss was next with 88. Ryan Juergens finished with 92.
Marshfield owned the top two individual scores in the field with Clayton Moles carding a four-over-par round of 75 and Tyler Aldridge firing an eight-over-par score of 79.
Borgia did not qualify for sectional as a team, but did have four individuals advance.
Clayton Voss posted the top individual score among area golfers, finishing with a nine-over-par round of 80.
Alex Rennick tied for sixth-place with a round of 12-over-par 83. Andrew McClure tied for 10th-place with a score of 88. Parker DuMontier tied for 20th-place with a score of 93.
“The course played tough and the rough was very long,” Neier said. “It was still pretty damp. They did a good job getting it ready. They did a good job of rolling the greens to make sure they played fast. It was a good place to have this competition.”
St. James had three sectional qualifiers. Jake Shockley tied for 17th place with a score of 91. Jack Mueller finished 22nd with 94. Levi Auxier placed 25th with 96.
St. Clair and Pacific both had two sectional qualifiers.
For the Bulldogs, Kyle Juergens carded a round of 89 to finish in a 13th-place tie overall.
“Kyle is a kid who wants to be good at everything that he does. He has spent a lot of extra time on the course preparing for districts,” said Korn. “He has really improved during this season. This is his first year playing golf for the team, so it’s a good accomplishment.”
Matt Gordon finished with 91 to end in a tie for 17th place.
“I’m happy for Matt because he’s able to get a third chance to make the state tournament. He made it as a sophomore, but did not qualify last year,” Korn said. “Matt just needs to go out there and adjust on a couple of the little things in his game to help him lower his score before the next tournament.”
For the Indians, Charlie Brinker and Brendan Jett-Kell both advanced with rounds of 95, which put them in a tie for 23rd place.
“Brendan didn’t play one of his better rounds of the year, but managed to get out of districts for the third year in a row. Now he has an opportunity to play to his ability and qualify for the state tournament for the second consecutive year,” said Pacific Coach John VanLeer. “Charlie qualified for the second year in row, which is a good accomplishment for him. He’s only been playing golf since his freshman year.”
Union’s lone sectional qualifier and the only female in the field was Hinako Kishimoto, who tied for 20th-place overall with a round of 93.
“Hinako played pretty well, hanging in there until the very end,” Juengel said. “She thought she didn’t play well enough to move on. From what I saw out there, I thought she would have a pretty good chance.”
Playing for second-place West Plains were Isaac Burroughs with 82, Ben Charles with 83, Jacob Womack with 89, Tony Fierce with 89 and Cole Butler with 90.
Salem’s lone sectional qualifier was Alan Benowitz, who tied for 10th-place overall with 88.
Other area golfers who did not qualify for sectional were:
• Borgia — Josh Kleekamp (101);
• St. James — Christopher Stull (97) and Colin Hayes (105);
• St. Clair — Colbie Viessman (103), Brandon York (103) and Ben Bardot (121);
• Owensville — Zane West (98), Blake Mehrhoff (101), Doug Hudnall (109), Dustin Nicks (113) and Tanner Jackson (127);
• Pacific — Logan Armstrong (113), Michael Stinson (121) and Tyler McDonald (130);
• Union — Brennen Higgins (112), Jacob Doepke (136), Alex Gaebe (144) and Jobie Richardson (145).
“I was pleased with our three kids who were not able to make it to sectionals,” Korn said. “They didn’t quit competing, but just had a bad day. On a different day, they might still be playing.”