Braden Jennings battled through four delays and still nearly made it to next week’s sectional tournament.
But the William Chrisman golfer fell three strokes short in tough conditions in the Class 4 District 8 Tournament Tuesday at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex’s par-36 Posse Course.
The start of the tournament was delayed twice by lightning and then it was stopped and started three more times because of rain and lightning before it was halted after nine holes.
Despite a valiant effort, Jennings shot a 51 to miss the cut for next week's sectional tournament, which was 48.
“Actually he shot 51 on the nine he completed in some of the worst conditions I have experienced,” Chrisman coach John Beaman said. “By the completion, the entire course could have been ruled to be under conditions of ‘temporary Water,’ but Braden persevered and only missed advancing by three strokes. I am very proud of the way Braden battled the conditions and kept a positive attitude despite the miserable conditions, and I look forward to seeing him get another chance next year.
“I would also like to praise senior Hunter Clark,” Beaman continued. “After the fourth delay Hunter realized he was out of contention, and to help the groups play faster he chose to withdraw. But instead of sitting inside where it was warm and dry he followed Braden, offering support – exemplifying the way that golf can be a team sport as well as individual.”
The Bears didn’t have enough golfers competing to earn a team score. Liberty edged Staley 163-164 for the team title as both advanced to next week’s sectional at Tiffany Greens Golf Club. Liberty North’s Tanner Collins shot an even-par 36 to earn medalist honors.