Syracuse High School’s boys golf team edged Sterling by one stroke to win Monday’s Class 2A regional tournament in Johnson.
The Bulldogs posted a 351 team score to Sterling’s 352, as both teams qualify for state alongside third-place Elkhart.
Also qualifying from the area was Cimarron, and several other individuals. Ulysses just missed out on qualifying, finishing fourth in the Class 4A regional in Hesston.
Austin Plunkett led the way for the Bulldogs with a second-place finish, carding an 8-over 78 at Prairie Pines Golf Course in Johnson. Mason Cole posted an 89 and finished ninth and Ryan Thompson tied for 10th with a 90, but it was No. 4 golfer who made the big difference. Brayden Wilson finished 17th with a 94, edging Sterling’s No. 4 golfer by two strokes, helping the Bulldogs take home the team trophy.
Elkhart’s Lance Addington won the individual title with a 73.
Stanton County’s Fernando Muro and Trevor Trujillo each qualified by being one of the top five individuals whose team did not qualify. Both posted identical 90s and tied for 10th.
Cimarron finished 17 strokes behind team champion Phillipsburg and six shots behind second-place Goodland, but the Bluejays still cruised to the third and final state-qualifying spot with a team score of 348, well ahead of fourth-place Scott City’s 392.
The Bluejays were led by Matthew Mowry’s 8-over 79 at Sugar Hills Golf Club in Goodland. Joshua Weishapl finished sixth with an 84, Jayden Seabolt 11th with a 90 and Nicholas Pfeifer tied for 15th with a 95.
Despite not qualifying as a team, Scott City still got three golfers into state by being one of the top five individuals whose team did not qualify.
Jackson Lewis and Kale Wheeler tied for ninth with 89s and Shea Morris tied for 15th and posted a 95 to secure the fifth and final available individual spot.
The Ulysses Tigers just missed out on qualifying by nine strokes, finishing in fourth at Hesston Golf Course. Still, junior Austin Perez and senior Devin Walker managed to qualify as individuals.
Perez finished in third with a 77, and Walker 15th with an 86.