Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Tiebreaker Unkind to T-Birds at 5A State Golf

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Tiebreaker Unkind to T-Birds at 5A State Golf

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NEWTON -- The tiebreaker in team golf can be cruel, particularly when a trophy is up for grabs and the decisive margin is one shot.

Shawnee Heights felt that sting Tuesday in the Class 5A state tournament at Sand Creek Station, missing out on a third-place trophy after matching St. James Academy's four-man total of 314. St. James received the hardware by virtue of a fifth-man score of 84, one better than T-Birds sophomore Nathan Browne's 85.

But as Shawnee Heights coach Jason Swift watched seniors Mitchell Lummis and Cody Foster compete in playoffs for top-10 medals, he was pleased. Lummis finished fifth individually with a 3-over 75 and Foster, who shot 76, claimed seventh after playing six extra holes.

"They all played their best golf when it counted," Swift said. "Our lowest score the last three years was 320. It just shows how well we played, and in tough conditions."

Wichita Kapaun, led by Washburn signee Jared Burns, won its fourth consecutive 5A title with a 298 team score. Burns fired a 4- under 68 to edge Maize South sophomore Wells Padgett for medalist honors.

Maize South shot 306 and finished second to Kapaun for the second consecutive year. Then came St. James, which edged Shawnee Heights behind Jack Reilly's 74 and Will Wilk's 75.

"I'm proud of the team," said Foster, who birdied the par-4 15th for his placing after Mill Valley's Jalen Oehlert chipped in for birdie one hole earlier to claim sixth. "We all played our best, I think. Our 314 is a good score. The other teams were just better."

Junior Noah Quanstrom was one stroke off a top-20 medal. But his 80 and junior Hunter Pease's 83 completed the T-Birds' four-man score.

Seaman, which finished second to Shawnee Heights at last week's Emporia regional, was eighth with a 337. The Vikings played without their top regional finisher, senior Jalen Heald, who was disqualified for playing in a U.S. Open qualifier last week. Kansas State High School Activities Association rules prohibit outside competition when that sport is in season.

Senior Jake Weller led Seaman with an 80. …

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