With a stiff south wind howling across the Fred Arbanas Golf Course, Lee’s Summit senior Jackson McGuire knew it was going to be a difficult day.
The 30 mph gusts were pushing up scores for almost everyone in the Class 4 District 7 tournament April 30, and McGuire was no exception. Coming in with an 84 usually isn’t something to celebrate, but McGuire still had a reason to be happy.
He gets to play another day.
“I wanted to play as well as I possibly could today in the conditions, but 84 is going to advance,” McGuire said. “So that’s the whole goal for today.”
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McGuire and three of his Lee’s Summit teammates survived by finishing among the top 15 individuals not on the top two teams and will get to play in next week’s sectional tournament. Lee’s Summit West advanced all five of its players, but the Titans fell four strokes shy of qualifying as a team. Lee’s Summit North had two move on.
McGuire, who finished tied for eighth, said the wind really took its toll when he hit the back nine. He went out in 38 with three bogeys and a birdie on No. 9. That score ballooned to a 46 as the wind grew stronger over the afternoon.
“It was all right toward the beginning,” McGuire said. “And then as I made the turn onto the back nine, it kind of picked up and got a little crazy.”
McGuire turned in the lowest score for the Tigers, who finished fourth with a 347 four-man total. Ryan Mehrer and Seth Romi both shot 86s and finished in a tie for 12th, and Aaron Wilson advanced with a 91.
Charlie Russell turned in West’s lowest score, an 82 that left him tied for fourth overall. James O’Connor shot an 84, followed by Parker Jones (88), Jamie Busha (89) and Isaac McCullough (90).
All were good enough to advance, but they weren’t good enough to get West past runner-up Blue Springs South, which edged the Titans 339-343 for the final team spot. Rockhurst, led by medalist Michael Bessenbacher’s 3-over par 75 and two other sub-80 scores, won the team title going away with a 312.
“We didn’t play great but hats off to Blue Springs South,” West coach Richard Myers said. “We were hoping to finish second but the good news is we got all five to qualify. That’s what matters.”
North’s Michael Foster and Kohlin Hicks both shot 86s and will also play in the Class 4 sectional tournament. The sectional will take place May 7 at Creekmoor Golf Club in Raymore.
SCA golfers take second
Alex Brown of Summit Christian Academy placed second overall and led the Eagles to a second-place finish in the Class 2 District 7 tournament at Shirkey Golf Course in Richmond.
Brown shot a 86 to lead SCA, which had a team total of 436. Colin Glade finished tied for sixth, Aaron Long 16th, with Joshua Dean and Zijie Zhou also qualifying for sectionals.
St. Michael the Archangel, which finished sixth, advanced three golfers: John DiMarco, Stuart Shatto and Peter Carmack.
SCA and St. Michael will play in a Class 2 sectional May 7 at Greenhills Golf Course in Trenton.