Chase Hanna didnt go out as a state champion as he dreamed.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Hanna, a recent Shawnee Mission East graduate, wound up eighth at the Kansas 6A state championship tournament May 20 at his home course, Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club.
Still, considering that was his worst finish of the season, its no surprise that he was awarded the Kenneth Smith Award on Tuesday as the most outstanding high school boys golfer in the Kansas City area this last spring.
In 10 tournaments, he was 6-over par total with five rounds under par, SM East coach Ermanno Ritschl said. Its incredible. He had an unbelievable season.
Hanna won five of 10 tournaments. He tied for first at another, losing on a scorecard playoff, and also finished second outright at two other events.
Hanna, who won the Kansas Golf Associations Junior Amateur earlier this month, also boasted a 3.99 grade-point average despite a schedule loaded with advanced placement courses.
Hes been involved in golf benefits for the Childrens Mercy Cancer Center, helped organize food drives and is an active member of the youth group at Colonial Presbyterian Church.
Hanna will take his talents to the University of Kansas next season.
SM East swept the Smith Awards for the 2012-13 academic year. Anne Willman was the girls winner in the fall.