Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kolar Wins Landmark District Medalist Championship for Maplewood-Richmond Heights

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kolar Wins Landmark District Medalist Championship for Maplewood-Richmond Heights

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O'FALLON, MO. - Kal Kolar is the one.

That's not just because the Maplewood-Richmond Heights High freshman won the Class 2 District 5 boys golf medalist title Tuesday at The Falls Golf Club with a 1-over-par 72, a score that gave him a seven-shot victory over Whitfield junior Drew Newlin's runner-up 79.

It's also because Kolar made history simply by representing Maplewood-Richmond Heights in golf at all.

In large part because of the freshman's presence on campus, MRH added boys golf to its athletics offerings for the first time this spring.

"The important thing for me is he's a good kid, a great golfer, a great human being overall," said Shane Dixon, a ninth-year Maplewood-RH history teacher who took on the role of the program's first coach.

"He's the epitome of a student-athlete. To be able to have a team gives him so many more opportunities."

Kolar's parents petitioned the MRH school board and athletics director Amber Jordan to have the golf program created.

For many years one of the area's top junior players in his age group, Kolar also played a part in getting the sport added by making a speech to the school board last fall.

"I just said I wanted a golf team because it would give me an opportunity to play against bigger schools and showcase my talent and showcase myself to get a college scholarship," said Kolar, who was Maplewood's only varsity player in its maiden season.

Kolar, who said he has been playing golf since he was 5 years old and began playing tournaments at 7, has been the Gateway Section PGA Junior Tour's player of the year in his age division for the last two years.

He also was the youngest player to represent St. Louis' Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association last fall in the 20th annual Mid-America Junior Cup against players from the Kansas City Golf Association.

The diminutive 15-year-old freshman said his best golf memory so far has been playing in the U. …

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