By KEVIN THOMPSON
Pittsburg-Colgan had won two straight state 2A boys golf titles.
The Panthers also had the returning state champion in Kolter Krumsick.
Last year they did it all at their home course — Crestwood Country Club.
This year the state sent them six hours west to Buffalo Dunes in Garden City.
Different venue, same results.
The Panthers claimed their third straight title with a 24-stroke win over Nemaha Valley (327-351), and Krumsick defended his title with a 4-over par 76, four shots clear of Trent Olberding of Nemaha Valley.
"It's kind of unbelievable, honestly," Krumsick said. "I honestly never thought I'd do it once, let alone twice. It's a special thing."
Krumsick opened with a 4-over (40) on the front nine. That made him mad, he said. So he fired an even-par round on the back nine for the win.
"I missed four or five five-footers for par," he explained of his first nine. "I was able to get my confidence back and throw out a good score on the back nine."
It was focus on the back nine, he said, that got him through the final holes.
"It was bearing down on those four- or five-footers, hitting greens, and getting confidence back," he said.
"It's definitely a good way to cap off my career," the senior added. "My goal from the beginning of the year was to come back and do it again."
It's the third straight team title for Colgan, but Krumsick only played on two of those teams.
That's because he transferred from rival Frontenac after his sophomore year, a move that served him well.
Those first two years he finished 21st and 35th. Now he's a two-time champion.
Colgan's coach Ed Martin, in his 23rd and possibly final year, said this win was pretty special. Krumsick's effort was just what the veteran coach likes to see.
"I like it when my golfers are angry after the front nine," he said.
"If you're a competitor and you're angry, you're probably going to go out and shoot better on the back nine."
Krumsick didn't like his front nine at all, Martin said.
"You and I would be happy with 4-over on the front, but not him," he joked.
For the team, Martin was openly happy.
"The thing that pleases me most about my kids is that we always post better scores when we play with markers (scorekeepers for each group)," Martin said.
"One of the things I preach to our kids is being a man of your word and being a man of integrity. That speaks volumes about our kids. I'm delighted about our third straight championship, but the integrity thing is more important to me."
Pittsburg plays at Crestwood Country Club, which has some trees but with wide open fairways and which plays longer than Buffalo Dunes.
The par-4's are longer at home, Martin said, but at Buffalo Dunes the par-5's are longer.
It helped to play two practice rounds over the weekend to get used to the different grass, different hole lengths and the extra hills, he said.
"Course conditions were great," he added. "The wind was a factor (10-20 mph); not much of one and not that big a deal for Garden City, but it was a factor."
Freshman Skyler Tebo of Ellis placed third with an 82, and Kelley Thompson of Colgan, who lost by a stroke to Krumsick last year, finished tied for fourth with an 83.
Teammates Austin Barone and Michael Hudiberg tied for sixth with 84's.
Jayhawk Linn finished third as a team with a 361, one stroke better than Elkhart, two better than Stanton County, and three better than Meade in a tight race for the final team plaque.
For Meade coach Scott Moshier, the sixth-place finish was disappointing for his team, which came in with high hopes.
Adrian Pfanenstiel shot an 83 and Austin Jansonius an 85 for the Buffaloes, but they were Meade's only contenders.
"We shot a 327 at the regionals (in Elkhart) and felt really good about coming into this but just fell apart on the back nine. Everybody did. We just didn't have the help we had before," Moshier said.
In a practice round on Saturday, they shot 337; Monday they shot 364.
"It just shows you it's the day," Moshier said. "We just missed out on a trophy by a couple of strokes."
Stanton County finished 12th of 12 teams last year, so their fifth place was a huge step.
Brad Ellis led the Trojans with an 84 and tied for sixth. Broc Ellis finished tied for 19th with an 88.
Still, SCHS coach Marty Cook was disappointed.
"Our kids just didn't handle it well, they didn't play well," Cook said of his squad, which is comprised of all underclassmen.
"I hope we learned a lot from today and will use that to become better for next year."
Cimarron's Mitch Chalkley finished with an 89 while Stewart Fairbank fired a 92 for the Bluejays.
Syracuse's Jace Coleman shot a 93 while Tierney Cashler finished with a 97, tied with Kyle Stokes, Sublette's lone entry.
See results in Scoreboard, Page B2.