Kennett golf team claims top prize in Class 2, District 1

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
The Kennett high school golf team with its first-place plaque after winning the Class 2, District 1 golf tournament Monday at Kennett Country Club.

KENNETT, Mo. - The Kennett Indians golf team put together a golden performance on its home ground Monday afternoon at Kennett Country Club.

Photo by Dustin Ward, staff
Kennett's Jack McHaney (pictured) earned medalist honors Monday at the Class 2, District 1 golf tournament at Kennett Country Club.

Kennett took home the top prize in Class 2, District 1 with a team score of 346. The first-place score the Indians posted was 48 strokes better than second-place finisher Saxony Lutheran who shot 394 on a windy day.

“Our course is a tough course regardless and the wind didn’t do anybody any favors today,” Kennett coach Jim Vaughan said. “But we shot a good number today. A 346 is close to what we have averaged this season. I think our kids had a good mental grind throughout the round today."

It is the second straight season the Indians have walked away with a district title.

“It feels great to come out and win another district championship,” Kennett golfer Jonathan Jain said. “It is unbelievable to win one at home. We had our family and fans here. It’s great to win in front of your supporters.”

Juniors Jack McHaney and Jain are the returning starters off last season’s Kennett squad that walked away with the Class 3, District 1 title.

“We have a lot of guys that go out daily and work hard,” McHaney said. “I try to lead them as much as I can. I think the more we work together as a team the better our scores will be.”

All five Kennett golfers finished in the Top 5 Monday.

“Our kids put in a ton of time the past week preparing themselves to play this course,” Vaughan said. “I think that was a big reason why we posted good individual scores and a respectable team score today.”

McHaney earned medalist honors with a round of 82 on the par-72 course.

“I knew it was going to be rough today,” McHaney said. “I just tried to avoid making a double or triple bogey.”

Kennett sophomore Joe Wilson earned silver medalist honors. Wilson finished four shots behind McHaney with an 86.

“I feel like I left some shots out there today,” Wilson said. “I didn’t strike the ball well but made up for it with my putting. My putting helped me keep things together.”

Jain finished third with an 87.

“I shot a 39 on the front nine this morning,” Jain said. “But the wind really killed me on the back nine. But we found a way to play good enough to win.”

Kennett junior Hayden Faulkner finished fourth with a 91.

“I played decent overall,” Faulkner said. “I should have played better but it was still a pretty good day.”

Kennett sophomore Will Johnson tied for fifth with Saxony Lutheran’s Matt Babcock. Johnson and Babcock shot 92.

“Conditions were tough,” Johnson said. “My short game could have been a little better but overall I’m happy because we are moving on as a team to the next round.”

The teams finishing first and second in the district qualify for team sectionals. Kennett and Saxony Lutheran will compete in sectional action at Cape Girardeau Country Club Monday.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Wilson said. “We are really close as a team and it’s awesome to get to move forward with these guys.”

Kennett and Saxony Lutheran will square off against the Top 2 finishers in District 2. Sectional qualifiers from District 2 had yet to be announced at press deadline Monday night.

“We aren’t completely certain about all of the teams in District 2,” Vaughan said. “I do know Willow Springs has had a very solid year. I’m not trying to slight anyone else. We just haven’t had an opportunity to see all of the schools in District 2. I’m not completely sure what we will run across but our goal remains to advance to state as a team. We need to finish in the Top 2 at the sectional to qualify for state so that’s our goal next week.”

See Class 2, District 1 results below:


TEAM SCORES:

1. Kennett 346, 2. Saxony Lutheran 394, 3. West County 432, 4. St. Pius X 436, 5. NMCC (444), 6. Doniphan 460, 7. Arcadia Valley 488


SECTIONAL QUALIFIERS:

1.Jack McHaney, Kennett, 82
2.Joe Wilson, Kennett, 86
3.Jonathan Jain, Kennett, 87
4.Hayden Faulkner, Kennett, 91
T5.Will Johnson, Kennett, 92
T5.Matt Babcock, Saxony Lutheran, 92
T7.Olivia Voelker, Saxony Lutheran, 94
T7.Carson Clabaligh, West County, 94
9.John Herrell, St. Pius X, 95
T10.Austin Mueller, Saxony Lutheran, 102
T10.Devlin Cooper, Doniphan, 102
12.James Hutchison, Clearwater, 103
T13.Daniel Doty, Saxony Lutheran, 106
T13.Grae Palmer, NMCC, 106
15.Nathan Stevenson, Clearwater, 107
T16.Donnie Brown, NMCC, 110
T16.Colten Richey, St. Pius X, 110
T16.Logan Blair, West County, 110
T19.Chayton Akers, West County, 111
T19.Richard Riley, NMCC, 111
21. Blain Trout, Malden, 113
T22.Emily Bennett, Arcadia Valley, 114
T22.Thomas Tyndall, Arcadia Valley, 114
T24.Logan Melson, Doniphan, 115
T24.Jayda Eggemeyer, St. Pius X, 115

SCORES BY TEAM

ARCADIA VALLEY (488) - Emily Bennett 114, Ethan Tiefenauer 136, Christopher Strange 124, Thomas Tyndall 114, Caydin Deason 137

CARUTHERSVILLE (NTS) - Carter Long 116

CLEARWATER (NTS) - James Hutchison 103, Nathan Stevenson 107, Will Landing 143

DONIPHAN (460) - Devlin Cooper 102, Logan Melson 115, Katelyn Fowler 124, Alexis Mandry 119, Kennedy Elliott 140

KENNETT (346) - Jack McHaney 82, Hayden Faulkner 91, Joe Wilson 86, Jonathan Jain 87, Will Johnson 92

MALDEN (NTS) - Alissa Olson 116, Blain Trout 113

NMCC (444) - Grae Palmer 106, Noah Schaffer 120, Mark Underwood 117, Richard Riley 111, Donnie Brown 110

SAXONY LUTHERAN (394) - Olivia Voelker 94, Matt Babcock 92, Daniel Doty 106, Austin Mueller 102, Assy Ruehling 117

ST. PIUS X (436) - John Herrell 95, Colten Richey 110, Jayda Eggemeyer 115, Jack O’Connor 120, Payton Baker 116

WEST COUNTY (432) - Carson Clabaligh 94, Chayton Akers 111, Logan Blair 110, Ryan Retzer 117, Isaiah Thebeau 122

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