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Examiner
  • Jaguars use depth to capture district title

  • Nick Rehmer continues to lead the charge for the red-hot Blue Springs South boys golf team.

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  • Nick Rehmer continues to lead the charge for the red-hot Blue Springs South boys golf team.
    The Jaguars followed a record-breaking performance at the Suburban Big Six Conference Championships with a Class 4 District 7 championship Monday afternoon at the Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake in Lee’s Summit.
    Rehmer, who won the conference meet with a career-best 68, fired a 73 in the district tournament to claim medalist honors. Every one of his teammates earned all-district honors as J.P. Derksen, Blair Sanders and Blake Windsor each shot 76 and Braden Curd carded an 82.
    Lee’s Summit North’s Jake Loveland shot a season-best 75 to finish in a tie for second place with Rockhurst’s Brian Wade.
    Following South’s 301 were Rockhurst (306), Lee’s Summit North (332), Lee’s Summit West (341), Lee’s Summit (357), Blue Springs (364), Truman (395), Belton (421) and Raytown (426).
    South coach Mike McGown, who is retiring at the end of this season, marvels at the consistency of his team.
    “This by far the most consistent and confident boys golf team I’ve had at South,” said McGown, who led two girls teams to state championships. “Everyone is playing so well that no one really has any pressure. If someone doesn’t have a good round, they know someone else will pick them up.”
    Rehmer said a Sunday practice round at the Arbanas course prepared him for district.
    “I played a practice round and felt very confident going into today’s tournament,” Rehmer said. “Every part of my game today was solid – I’d hit the greens and two putt and go on to the next hole.
    “It’s really become a team thing with everyone playing so well. We are so solid one through five, we can’t wait for the next tournament.”
    Derksen, who has signed a letter to play golf at Kansas State, is really enjoying his senior season.
    “This is unbelievable,” said Derksen, who carried much of the burden of producing low scores his junior year. “I don’t know what’s gotten into us, but it’s good and it’s fun.
    “I can just go out and shoot and not worry about anything. We have five seniors on varsity and we’re all playing some of the best golf of our lives – and we’re doing it when it really counts.”
    McGown was a bit fearful of a letdown following last Monday’s school-record 289 at the conference tournament, so he scheduled an 18-hole tournament with Truman, Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North late last week.
    “I was concerned that the guys would try so hard to beat 289 that their scores might go up, and I didn’t want that to happen at district,” McGown said. “And we shot 318. That’s not that bad, but that’s not as good as a 289 or a 301. I think my strategy worked.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Loveland said his putter played a key role in his second-place finish.
    “I’ve shot a lot in the low 80s and I’ve known that if I putted a little bit better I’d be in the 70s,” the Lee’s Summit North standout said. “It was pretty calm when I started today and the wind really started to pick up when I was finishing, so I was happy I got off the course when it got so windy.”
    Loveland wasn’t alone in advancing. Three of his teammates will join him at the Class 4 Sectional 4 Tournament next Monday at Adams Pointe Golf Club, allowing the Broncos to compete as a team. Keaton Black shot 82, while Cole Ashby (87) and Ian Mathewson (88) also advanced.
    Truman will send two to the sectional tournament. Scott Agee fired an 85 and Brian Billings shot 89 to advance. Spencer Jones (104), Dane Garcia (117) and Mason Kose (118) completed Truman’s scoring.
    Blue Springs will send one to sectional. Taylor Schick advanced by shooting 88. Steve Shaw (90), Trace Oliver (91), Jackson Koenig (95) and Brian Armstrong (107) completed the Wildcats’ scoring Monday.
    The two top teams and the top 12 golfers who are not on the top two teams will advance to state.
    CLASS 3 DISTRICT 7: Grain Valley advanced four and Oak Grove got two through to next week’s sectional tournament.
    Grain Valley finished fifth as a team at the Class 3 District 7 Tournament Monday at Adams Pointe Golf Club but will get to compete as team because it is sending four on.
    Hunter Peterson and Justin Driver each shot 92 to lead the Eagles’ qualifiers. Cameron Skinner shot 93 and Kaylee Hutchens posted a 96 to also advance.
    Quinton Bunyar shot 95 and Bryce Mercer posted a 96 to earn sectional berths for Oak Grove.
    Warrensburg (320) and Pleasant Hill (335) were the two team qualifiers for the sectional tournament next Monday at Keth Memorial in Warrensburg.
     
     
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