As golfers gathered outside of the Creekmoor clubhouse, there were more than a few anxious to see the final results posted.
Blue Springs South's Grant Williamson knew that his score of 78 at the Class 4 Sectional 4 tournament would be good enough to move onto to state.
But he had to wait to see if he would have any teammates join him at Swope Park next Monday in the Class 4 Championship.
He learned he'd be going solo as the Jaguars score of 330 was three strokes behind Liberty for the final team berth. Rockhurst rolled to first at 312.
“I can't believe I made it, but it’s not as good not going with my team,” said Williamson. “I felt good to have a nice score, but I really wanted to go as a team. It didn't work out and hopefully next year we can have a run at it.
“Now, I will go to state and try to represent them well.”
Lee's Summit North had a pair of qualifiers with Kohlin Hicks and Michael Foster, its only two golfers at sectionals held at par-72 Golf Club at Creekmoor.
The close calls didn’t end with Blue Springs South.
Blue Springs saw its season end, as did Colton Barnes, the lone Grain Valley representative. Both Barnes (83) and Blue Springs’ Caden Jackley (82) were just off the cutline of 81.
The meet was competitive as the first place-finisher and the last qualifier for state was seven shots apart. Rockhurst's Carson St. Clair shot a 2-over 76 for medalist honors.
Williamson got off to a good start with a birdie on his first hole, No. 15, but that was his only hole below par. The rest of his round was a mix of pars and bogeys, helping him shoot 6-over.
The first-time state qualifier – and a first-year varsity member – finished a shot ahead of Hicks and two ahead of Foster.
Nine golfers were within four shots of the final qualifying spot, which went to Staley's Nathan Thompson.
Jackley was nearly in the state field for the first time and with two scores left to enter, he was positioned to make the cut, which was at 82.
It changed at the last moment and Jackley could only stare at the scoreboard while holding his polo collar over his mouth.
“Up until the last two scores, I thought we were in,” Blue Springs coach Doug Gillispie said. “The two scores came in and pushed him. Right now we are sick to our stomach that Caden didn't get through.”
Jackley and Lee's Summit West's Charlie Russell both shot 82 to have the dubious position of first ones out.
Grain Valley's Barnes and Blue Springs South’s' Ryan Dykhouse and Grant Wall all shot 83, tying for 22nd. One shot behind that group was Blue Springs' Zach Van Dorn, who shot a season-best 84. William Chrisman's Alec McFarland shot 86 to finish 29th.
Blue Springs took sixth place in the eight-team standings with 353, the first team score at sectional in nearly a decade.
The Wildcats had four qualifiers from districts last week, and for Gillispie, it is a step in the right direction.
“This is the hardest course we had had, by far, all year and we had three golfers shoot their personal best,” he said.
Along with Jackley's and Van Dorn's tallies, Blake Whetstone's 88 tied a season-low but came in a tournament with the highest stakes to date. Ben Podjenski shot 98.
“The future is looking good. We have everyone back but Zach,” Gillispie said. “We improved a lot throughout the year.”
Miles Buttress shot 86 and Dylan Boyer shot 90 to complete Blue Springs South’s scoring.