Golfers place fourth at state tournament

The boys’ varsity golf team took fourth place at the Kansas 6A State Tournament in Lawrence on May 24, finishing with a total score of 235.

Regional champion David Catt finished ninth with a score of 80. Sophomore Jackson Foth and senior Ryan McCarthy tied for twenty-third, scoring 84.

Olathe Northwest, Blue Valley North and Shawnee Mission East took third, second, and first place in the tournament at Alvamar Golf and Country Club.

“It was frustrating , because we’ve beat them multiple times this year, but they deserve it,” Catt said. “They’re a great team.”

Even though Catt thinks SME was the right team to win, his reason for Northwest’s lower scores was more than just not playing well.

“Going in, I definitely thought we had a chance to win,” senior David Catt said. “But, I also knew it was a one-day tournament so anything could happen.”
Kansas is known for conducting a one-day tournament for state golf, whereas Missouri’s state golf tournament is two-day ordeal, and for other states, three to four.
“Very few states have one day,” Catt said. “Any legitimate golf tournament is played over at least three to four days.”

Not only does Catt feel strongly about the flaw of having a one-day state tournament, but Foth also agrees, describing it as a “fluke.”

“The way conducts a golf tournament is very disappointing,” Catt said. “There’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to have a multiple-day state championship.”