Megaffin, Monarchs win 3A regional
By AUSTIN COLBERT
The long struggle might finally be over for Thomas More Prep-Marian golfer Max Megaffin.
"Max has been working really hard all year long. I know he has been getting frustrated because he hasn't seen the results that he's wanted," TMP golf coach Bryan VonFeldt said. "It was definitely way, way overdue for him to have a good day."
Coming off last week's MCL tournament in Phillipsburg in which Megaffin played one of his worst rounds of golf all season, the junior responded by winning the first tournament of his career on Monday at the Class 3A regional in Norton.
Megaffin's 75 led all players at Prairie Dog Golf Course and carried the Monarchs to a fourth-consecutive regional crown, the first three coming with Megaffin's brother, Kade, as a key piece to the equation.
And this regional title might be the most surprising considering the underwhelming season the Monarchs have had.
"I was more nervous today than I have been the past few years going into regionals just because we haven't played well, yet," VonFeldt said.
"We hadn't played well at all. Not even remotely close to our potential. So I didn't really know what to expect. But the kids bought into, 'bogey is OK, just don't make double or triple.' Obviously that did make a big difference."
TMP had four golfers finish in the top eight and cruised to the team title with 333 strokes, Phillipsburg High School's 351 taking second place.
Joining Megaffin as medalists (top 10) for TMP were sophomore Hayden Rohr (79, third) junior Lane Fisher (89, seventh) and junior Dan O'Connor (90, eighth). Salina-Sacred Heart's Brooks Brown took second with his 77, while Phillipsburg's Michael Dusin was fourth with 80.
Jaron Kellerman (86, sixth) and Lucas Jacobs (91, 10th) also medaled for the Panthers.
Rounding out the team scores were Sacred Heart (362), Ellsworth (370), Beloit (395), Hoisington (418), Norton (426) and Minneapolis (475).
As the top two teams, TMP and Phillipsburg will move on to next week's Class 3A state tournament in Cheney. Last season, Kade Megaffin led the Monarchs to a school best second-place finish at state. VonFeldt is hoping Monday's regional win will finally give this year's group the confidence it needs to do the same.
"I will tell you, it never gets old. Every year is a different story and you overcome different hurdles every year. But it is an awesome accomplishment," VonFeldt said of the team's fourth-straight regional crown.
"I think this tournament will be a huge confidence boost to our whole team, to let them know that, 'Yeah, it is possible. We can put a good round together. We can go out and win this state title.' So hopefully that's the case."