Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duchesne Sophomore Wins Gac Golf Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Duchesne Sophomore Wins Gac Golf Title

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Tom Vogt never gave much thought to winning the Gateway Athletic Conference golf championship. He just did it.

"I knew that if I thought too much about it, I'd get nervous," said Vogt, a sophomore from Duchesne High. "My focus that day went from shot to shot and that was it. The tournament meant a lot to me, but I never really figured on winning. It was really exciting."

Vogt shot a two-over-par 72 Wednesday, winning the GAC Tournament at Innsbrook Estates in Wright City.

Other top finishers included Francis Howell senior Jay Parkinson (74), Wentzville junior Mike Winterer (76), St. Charles West senior Brevin Giebler (77) and Francis Howell North senior Ted Hering (78).

With a score of 319, Wentzville edged out Duchesne (323) for the team title. Francis Howell and defending champion Francis Howell North tied for third, with 326 strokes apiece.

It was Wentzville's fourth tournament championship in five years.

Vogt is the third consecutive sophomore to win the GAC individual title. Duchesne's Brad Beine won in 1992 and Wentzville's Winterer won last year.

"It was a very competitive tournament and I thought Tommy did a great job," Duchesne coach Ron Kjar said. "He's a dedicated young man and I know the title means a lot to him. He shot a great round of golf in a pressure situation and we're all very proud of him."

And rightly so. Vogt played a solid round Wednesday, never losing his focus.

"I was a little nervous early and again late in the round, when I realized I had a shot at the championship," said Vogt, 15. "But overall, I was real happy with the way I shot. I was able to focus from one shot to the next and I got myself into a real good rhythm.

"I was relaxed and playing with a lot of confidence."

Vogt was consistent throughout the round, but felt the key to his victory came on hole No. 15.

"I hung in there pretty good most of the day, but I drove into the rough on 15," he said. "But I was able to come back and ended up sinking a 10-foot putt for bogey. Recovering like that gave me the confidence to finish the tournament strong. …

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