For much of the spring high school golf season in southwest Kansas, the Cimarron Bluejays boys team has dominated the small-class school tournaments.

But the one thing they hadn’t been able to do was to knock off Syracuse’s Will Kullot in the individual portion of the competitions.

That all changed in the last couple of weeks as Kullot, regarded as the best player in southwest Kansas for the smaller schools, struggled with his game.

On Thursday, not only did the Bluejays capture the Hi-Plains League team title easily, but Cimarron senior Josh Seabolt garnered the individual title as well, shooting a 5-over-par 77 to Kullot’s 79 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.

Seabolt did it despite a topsy-turvy, roller-coaster road that included three double bogeys and three birdies, all of the birdies coming on his back 9 holes.

“It feels pretty good to get the individual (title) as well as the team,” Seabolt said after his yo-yo, up-and-down round.

A double bogey on the par-5 fifth, and two other bogeys gave him a 4-over-par 40 on the front nine while Kullot, who was breezing along at even-par through seven holes, struggled with a double bogey-bogey finish to shoot 39 at the turn.

“He’s still a really good golfer, but the last couple of weeks he’s not been quite as sharp,” Sebolt said of Kullot. “But he’s gonna do special things in the next two weeks (regionals on Monday and state on May 21), so I’m not too worried about how he’s gonna play.”

Seabolt was joined by his steady teammates for their dominant round as Matt Mowry shot an 81, while Justin Fugitt and Alec Coast followed with 84s.

“I think we’re all just starting to shoot lower scores and more consistent,” said Seabolt, who starred in both football and wrestling over the past two seasons.

Seabolt birdied the par-5 13th, where Kullot double-bogeyed. But the Bluejay senior gave it back with his own double bogey on the par-5 16th.

“It was the one hole where I hit it in the bunch off the tee, and the hole just played tough from there,” Seabolt said. “For most of the day, I struck the driver tremendously well. I think I missed three fairways all day.”

Seabolt said he and his teammates, who were third in Class 3A at the state a year ago, are motivated to bring home the school’s first state golf title. They missed by three shots in 2017, and were just a single stroke out of second.

“I think we all have a sense of urgency, with two of us being seniors,” said Seabolt, who has qualified for state in each of his three previous seasons. “We definitely want to do better than we did a year ago.”

With the regular season curtain falling after Thursday, area teams will now prepare for Monday’s regional tournaments.

Class 2A schools will be headed to Elkhart for their regional while 3A schools head north to Norton. The top 3 teams in each regional advance to the state tournament on May 21, with 3A being played at Spring Creek Golf Course in Seneca while 2A will be played at Crestwood Country Club in Pittsburg. Class 4A regional will be played at Crazy Horse Golf Club in Hutchinson with the state tourney being played at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.