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Examiner
  • Three Jags advance to state but team misses cut

  • Nick Rehmer continued his brilliant postseason play, but the Blue Springs South senior’s second-place finish at the Class 4 Sectional 4 Tournament Monday at par-72 Adams Pointe Golf Course wasn’t quite enough to carry his teammates along with him to state.

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  • Nick Rehmer continued his brilliant postseason play, but the Blue Springs South senior’s second-place finish at the Class 4 Sectional 4 Tournament Monday at par-72 Adams Pointe Golf Course wasn’t quite enough to carry his teammates along with him to state.
    The Jaguars, who were coming off a huge district championship effort, shot a respectable 304, but Park Hill South fired a 292 and Rockhurst shot a 296 to earn team honors that punched a ticket to state, which is May 13-14 at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo.
    Rehmer shot 71 to tie for second, J.P. Derksen finished with a 75 to come in tied for 10th and Blake Windsor added a 77 to tie for 14th and advance to state, but their mood was less than joyous as the team goal was to get every Jaguar to state in coach Mike McGown’s last season.
    “This is so bittersweet,” said Rehmer, who shot 68 at conference and 73 at district. “I feel like crying and jumping up and down at the same time. I’m so excited about going to state for the first time, but I feel so bad because the whole team isn’t going. We thought we were going as a team – that’s all we’ve thought about, and now that it’s not happening. We’re disappointed.”
    South’s Blair Sanders shot an 81 and Braden Curd a 91 to miss the cutoff, which was a low 78.
    “We got beat, plain and simple,” said McGown, who has won two state championships with the South girls, but was still looking for his first boys title. “I feel like I got hit by a bus, just crushed. I am so disappointed – not for myself, but for the boys.
    “We knew that Park Hill South and Rockhurst were capable of shooting what they did today. We shot a respectable score, but today we just ran into a buzzsaw.”
    Rehmer said he knew it was going to be his day on hole No. 3.
    “It’s a par 4 and my first shot didn’t get to the front of the fairway,” Rehmer said. “I sliced my next shot, then got a shot within 20 feet of the pin and managed to get a par. It was the greatest par of my life. I found out that hard work pays off, because I’ve been working hard on my golf game and it’s paid dividends the past two weeks.”
    Derksen and Windsor are going to state for the fourth consecutive year.
    “Now that it’s not a team thing, I’m going down to Springfield to bring home the prize,” Derksen said. “It sucks to not go as a team. I never thought I would feel this bad on the day I made it to state for the fourth year in a row.
    Page 2 of 2 - “But I don’t feel like celebrating. At least Nick and Blake are going, we’re going to do our best to play well and have some fun, especially since we’re all seniors.”
    Windsor echoed Derksen’s comments.
    “I just wanted the whole team to make, not just the three of us,” Windsor said. “On most days, a 304 would be good enough for us to go as a team. We didn’t beat ourselves and shoot a bad round of golf, we just got beat by two good teams.”
    While the Jaguars were dealing with disappointment, Truman junior Brian Billings was counting his lucky stars.
    “When Brian came off the course, we thought he’d made it for sure with a 78,” Truman coach Becky Costello said. “Then, we saw all the low scores – and with so many kids from South going – we had to wait and start counting the number of golfers ahead of him.”
    In a sectional format, the two top teams and next 12 golfers advance to state.
    Billings, who tied for 18th, was the 12th golfer to make the cut.
    “Brian just moved here from Wisconsin, so this is his first trip to state,” Costello said. “I’m really proud of him. He’s been a lot more consistent the past few weeks and the 78 is his best round this season.”
    Lee’s Summit North is sending two golfers, Jake Loveland (75) and Cole Ashby (77).
    “I went as a sophomore and didn’t make it as a junior,” Loveland said. “So this was really important to me. It was pretty cold this morning and the course was wet, but I didn’t let any of that affect the way I played.”
    This is the first trip to state for Ashby, a junior.
    “It’s exciting,” Ashby said, “especially since I’m going with Jake. I won’t be as nervous going with someone who has been before. He can let me know what to expect.”
    Truman’s Scott Agee (88), Fort Osage’s Van Barr (88) and Austin Ferraiuolo (88), Blue Springs’ Taylor Schick (86) and William Chrisman’s Ben Frost (92) did not make the state cut.
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