One stroke. That’s all Boonville Pirates golfer Jake Horst missed from moving on to state Monday during the Class 3 Sectional 3 Tournament at Carl Junction.
While competing at Briarbrook Country Club, Horst finished 21st overall with a 13-over par 85 while Brayden Page took 30th out of 50 golfers with a 18 over par 90.
In the final team standings, Helias captured first with a score of 321. Springfield Catholic finished second at 333, followed by Webb City at 338, West Plains at 352, Logan-Rogersville at 364 and Bolivar at 406.
Boonville Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden said there are 22 golfers that advance to state-two teams of five and then the top 12 scores after the teams.
“The cut to advance was 84 this year in our sectional,” VanderLinden said. “Jake missed the cut by one by shooting a score of 85 and Brayden shot a 90. Both kids played well enough to advance but both had difficulties with one or two holes and that kept them from advancing. This was good experience for them and gives them things to work on for their senior year. Jake and Brayden led the team all year as the top two players to a 11-5 record in matches and taking home the Sacred Heart Tournament Championship. These two, along with Grady Baker, will have to work with our younger golfers and get them ready for next year.”
Owen Swearingen of Nevada won the individual title with a 1-over par 73.
Alexander Gentry of Helias and Walker Tynes of Springfield Catholic tied for second with a 5 over par 77, followed by Bronson Smith of Nevada with a score of 79, Jay Higgins of Helias, Clayton Kaiser of Monett, Ethan Kline of Osage, Landon Rothgeb of West Plains and Antonio Walker Serrano of Springfield Catholic 80, Ty Cooper of Reeds Springs, Ethan Johnson of Helias, Owen Johnson of Helias, James Pierce of Webb City and Parker Ramseur of West Plains 82, Aiden Asby of Bolivar and Jager Carter of Webb City 83, and Kanon Gipson of Logan-Rogersville, Nathan Ogden of Webb City, Larry Plunkett of Helias and Dane Puckett of Springfield Catholic with a score of 84.