Hays High’s Tradgon McCrae and Thomas More Prep-Marian’s Cameron Rozean claimed individual regional golf titles on Monday, helping lead their respective teams to state berths in the process.
McCrae continued his stellar season for the Indians in the Nickerson Class 4A regional, shooting a 75 at Crazy Horse Golf Course in Hutchinson to win the tournament by two shots.
The Indians took the team title by a single stroke over Andale with a 325. Hays' Joshua Norris took third place with a 79 and Allen Zollinger was fourth for the Indians with an 80. Peyton Kieffer took 13th with a 90 to round out the top four team scores for Hays.
Hays qualified for state as a team for the 10th straight year with its sixth straight regional title. The Class 4A tournament will held Monday at Emporia Municipal Golf Course.
TMP's Rozean won a Class 3A regional at Ellsworth, carding a 78 and edging Russell's Ryan Birky in a playoff. The Monarchs qualified for Monday's 3A state tournament at Spring Creek Golf Course in Seneca by placing second in the regional. TMP put up a team score of 333, finishing 16 strokes behind first-place Sterling.
Alec Stults placed ninth for TMP with an 87, while Michael Braun was 13th with a 91 and Ryan Stoecklein was 14th with a 93 for the Monarchs.
At the Norton 3A regional, Phillipsburg won the team title with a 318, edging Cimmarron by 13 strokes. Phillipsburg's Trey Sides placed second individually with a 74, two shots behind individual champion Garin Ihrig from Goodland. Phillipsburg's Jacey Kellerman was a shot behind Sides to claim third place.
Other area golf feats include Plainville winning a 2A regional at Oberlin by two shots over Hoxie and Stockton's Brady Beougher winning the 1A regional hosted by Atwood-Rawlins County.
Class 4A Nickerson regional
Crazy Horse Golf Course in Hutchinson
Hays High 325, Andale 326, Buhler 354, Ulysses 375, Holcomb 396, Hugoton 413, Pratt 435, Larned 437, Nickerson 478.
1. Tradgon McCrae, Hays, 75; 2. Ech, Andale, 77; 3. Josh Norris, Hays, 79; 4. Zollinger, Hays, 81; 5. Perez, Ulysses, 81; 6. Winter, Andale, 82; 7. Carney, Andale, 83; 8. Meyer, Andale, 84; 9. Cooper, Buhler, 85; 10. Voth, Buhler, 86.
Other Hays High scores
Kieffer, 90; Schlaefli, 98; Kreutzer, 98.
Class 3A Ellsworth regional
Top team scores
Sterling 333, TMP 349, Russell 362, Ellsworth 374, Hoisington 393.
1. Rozean, TMP, 76; 2. Birky, Russell, 76; 3. Schissler, Sterling, 77; 4. Fitzgerald, Ellsworth, 80; 5. Weigel, Sterling, 80; 6. Briar, Sterling, 82; 7. Birky, Russell, 84; 8. Nicholson, Hoisington, 85; 9. Stults, TMP, 85; 10. Pieschl, Minneapolis, 85.
Other TMP scores
Stoecklein, 89; Braun, 91; Robben, 92, Megaffin 104.