FSHS boys golf finishes as runner-up at regionals; Two area golfers win titles

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Free State's boys golf team pose for a photo following its runner-up finish at the Class 6A regional meet on Monday at the Topeka Country Club on May 17, 2021. FSHS freshman Jack Randall also won a regional title as an individual. Photo courtesy of Kathy Randall.

Behind an individual title from freshman Jack Randall, Free State’s boys golf team recorded a runner-up finish at the Washburn regional meet on Monday at the Topeka Country Club.

The Firebirds shot 328 as a team and had all six golfers finish inside the top-23 on the individual leaderboard. It means Free State’s entire squad qualified for the Class 6A state golf meet, which is slated to take place next week at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield.

Washburn won the team title with a total score of 322. Randall led FSHS with a first-place finish as an individual, shooting a 76 and finishing two strokes better than Washburn Rural junior Lucas Leonetti.

Randall, who finished five strokes over par, posted a 37 (+2) on the front nine. He recorded a birdie on a par-three on the sixth hole while finishing with a par on six different holes. Randall tallied a 36 on the back nine, which featured a par on seven of the nine holes.

The Firebirds had plenty of strong performances behind Randall’s big day. Seniors Reece Gray and Cameron Packard finished in a tie for eighth with each of them carding a round of 83. The former recorded a birdie on a par-five on the 15th hole, while the latter notched his birdie on a par-three at the fourth hole.

“Our best round of the season at just the right time,” FSHS head coach Chuck Law said. “Three guys in the top-ten, and Jack winning a Regional as a freshman (is) very impressive.”

In addition, senior Jackson McMillan took 13th as an individual with a score of 86. Junior Dawson Pfannenstiel shot 95 to place 19th, and senior Nathan Pilakowski ended up in 23rd with a round of 100.

Lawrence High’s golf squad, meanwhile, was in action at the Olathe South regional at the Prairie Highlands Golf Course. The Lions ended up placing seventh as a team, while Blue Valley won the regional crown with a 294.

LHS was led by freshman Gunnar Wayenberg, who shot an 87 and finished in 29th as an individual. Sophomore Macade Lewis (37th) and senior Austin Pennybaker (38th) both ended up inside the top-40 with a 103 and 107, respectively.

The Class 6A state golf tournament will be a two-day event that begins on Monday.

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Bishop Seabury’s boys golf team poses for a photo following its third-place finish at the Class 2A regional meet at the Deer Creek Golf Club on Monday, May 17, 2021. BSA junior Will Hedges, far right, won a regional title as an individual. Photo courtesy of Bryan Hedges.

Seabury secures third-place finish

Bishop Seabury’s boys golf team took home a third-place finish at its regional meet on Monday at the Deer Creek Golf Club.

The Seahawks shot 394 as a team and were led by junior Will Hedges, who walked away with the individual title. Hedges fired a trio of birdies on his way to shooting a 73 and securing a first-place finish on the individual leaderboard.

Hedges, who finished five strokes better than the runner-up, posted a 37 (+1) on the front nine and a 36 (even) on the back nine. Hedges’ birdies came on the fifth hole (par-four), 12th holes (par-five) and 14th hole (par-four) to lead the way for BSA.

Seabury junior Jonah Kim ended up taking 10th with a 96. Sophomore Truman Hill shot 107 to place 18th, while Minkyu Jung posted a 118 to claim 28th. Sophomore Beck Oldridge posted a round of 122 and finished in 32nd place to round out the Seahawks’ showing on the day.

Jaxon Patterson had to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury, but helped provide support for his teammates along with Enzo Karam throughout the meet. The Class 2A state golf tournament will take place at the Salina Municipal Golf Course next week.

In Class 4A, Baldwin, Tonganoxie and Eudora all competed in the regional meet in Wamego. Tonganoxie junior Andrew Wilson posted the highest finish, notching 12th as an individual with a round of 88.

Full regional golf results from Monday

Team scores at Topeka Country Club: 1. Washburn Rural 322; 2. Free State 328; 3. Manhattan 336; 4. Derby 336; 5. Wichita Heights 419; 6. Junction City 456.

Individual champion: Freshman Jack Randall, FSHS, 76.

FSHS results: 1. Jack Randall 79; 8. Reece Gray 83; 8. Cameron Packard 83; 13. Jackson McMillan 86; 19. Dawson Pfannenstiel 95; 23. Nathan Pilakowski 100.

Team scores at Prairie Highlands Golf Course: 1. Blue Valley 294; 2. Blue Valley NW 305; 3. Blue Valley West 308; 4. Olathe South 314; 5. Olathe West 316; 6. Olathe North 363; 7. Lawrence 414; 8. Gardner Edgerton 421.

Individual champion: Freshman Chance Rinkol, Blue Valley, 69.

LHS results: 29. Gunnar Wayenberg 87; 38. Macade Lewis 103; 39. Austin Pennybaker 107; 41. Dallas Ostronic 117; 43. Evan Liakos 123; 48. Michael Williams 131.

Team scores at Deer Creek Golf Club: 1. Heritage Christian Academy 359; 2. Jayhawk Linn 383; 3. Bishop Seabury 394; 4. Maur Hill-Mount Academy 414; 5. Herington 415; 6. Kansas City Christian 418; 7. Hillsboro 457; 8. Lyndon 495; 9. Horton 530.

Individual champion: Junior Will Hedges, BSA, 73.

BSA results: 1. Will Hedges 73; 10. Jonah Kim 94; 18. Truman Hill 107; 28. Minkyu Jung 118; 32. Beck Oldridge 122.

Team scores at Wamego Country Club: 1. Wamego 323; 2. Bishop Miege 342; 3. Holton 360; 4. Ottawa 366; 5. Hayden 369; 6. Clay Center Community HS 373; 7. Tonganoxie 380; 8. Baldwin 469; 9. Eudora 520.

Individual champion: Senior Levi Long, Wamego, 76.

Area results: 12. Andrew Wilson, THS, 88; 22. Colton Brusven, THS, 94; 24. Noah Skelley, THS, 97; Remi Baldock, THS, 101; 36. Gabriel Sebel, THS, 108; 39. Caden Englert, BHS, 114; 39. Cole Mahaffey, BHS, 114; 41. Chase Jackman, BHS, 117; 43. Brenton Ormsby, EHS, 120; 45. Drake Martin, BHS, 124; 46. Derek Lehmann, EHS, 131; 46. Ian McCoy, BHS, 131; 48. Charles Stephenson, EHS, 132; 50. Benjamin Thorne, EHS, 137.

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