Three Panthers qualify for state tournament
GREAT BEND — Three members of the Concordia High School golf team qualified for the Class 3A state tournament by placing in the top 11 individually in the regional tournament played Monday at Lake Barton Golf Club.
Freshmen Hayden Dvorak and Braxton Kindel finished fifth and ninth respectively in the regional hosted by Hoisington High School. Senior Paul Rundus was 11th.
The state tournament will be played Monday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
Dvorak turned in rounds of 42-42 to finish with a season best 84 for Concordia. He finished in a three-way tie for third place with Drew Nicholson, Hoisington, and Tyler Robben, Thomas More Prep-Marian.
A playoff left Dvorak in fifth place.
Kindel carded a 41 on the front nine and then a 47 on the back to post a 91. Also a season best. He tied for eighth place with Cole Birky, Russell, and ended up ninth following playoff.
“How about those freshmen,” Concordia coach Gene Rundus said, “I was so happy to see those two crack the top 10 and finish with some of the best golf they have played all season. We couldn't break the ties like we wanted in the playoffs, but man that was fun. Both of these guys finished their rounds with birdies. We have talked about finishing better, and having improved second rounds, but that was really finishing strong.”
Rundus shot a 47 on the front nine and a 46 on the back to finish with a 93 and tie for 11th place with Ryan Stoecklein, Thomas More Prep-Marian.
“Paul had a rough day with second shots. We went away from driver for part of the round for the sake of accuracy, but the approaches just weren't coming. However, it is pretty special to get a chance to coach him at state,” Gene Rundus said.
Senior Treyton Kindel shot a 140 for Concordia.
The Panthers finished fifth as a team with a score of 408.
Thomas More Prep-Marian won the team title with a 331. Hoisington was second with a 381.
The top two teams and the top five individuals not on one of those teams qualify for state.
Cameron Rozean, Thomas More Prep-Marian, was the individual medalist with a 77.
CLASS 3A REGIONAL
at Lake Barton Golf Club
Thomas More Prep-Marian 331, Hoisington 381, Russell 37, Larned 401, Concordia 408, Minneapolis 466.
Top 10 Individuals
Rozean, Thomas More Prep, 77; Brummer, Thomas More Prep, 83; Nicholson, Hoisington, 84; Robben, Thomas More Prep, 84; Dvorak, Concordia 84; Johnson, Thomas More Prep, 87; Roth, Minneapolis, 89; Birky, Russell, 91; Kindel, Concordia, 91; Braun, Thomas More Prep, 92.
Individual State Qualifiers
Dvorak, Concordia; Roth, Minneapolis; Kindel, Concordia; Birky, Russell; Rundus, Concordia.