KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A banner-worthy season for Blue Springs South will continue for one more week.
The Jaguars shot 321 as a team and took second place at the Class 4 Sectional 4 tournament on Monday at Tiffany Greens Golf Club. Blue Springs South got the second automatic bid to the Missouri State High School Boys Golf Championships, which will be next Monday and Tuesday in Bolivar.
“We are doing really good, and we have came together as a team,” said Dylan Boyer, who led the Jaguars with a 5-over 77. “It means the world to me to be going to state. I'm super excited. We have been working hard and playing together.”
Blue Springs South had a 10-stroke advantage over Staley for the final team berth to state. Rockhurst ran away with first place by shooting 291, adding a sectional title to go with a district title last week when it beat Blue Springs South.
“I will happily take second place,” Jaguars coach Casey Enright said. “The four seniors are really excited. They wanted to get to state all year and have been working hard. It was definitely a goal of theirs.”
The Jaguars top four golfers were bunched closely together. After Boyer's 77, Ryan Dykhouse shot a 79. Grant Wall shot an 82 and Grant Williamson, the team's returning state qualifier, shot an 83.
All of those scores would've been low enough to qualify for the state finals even if the team didn't take second place. The last time Blue Springs South took a team to state was in 2012, when the Jaguars finished second in Class 4 behind Rockhurst.
“We have been steady and pretty consistent all year,” Enright said. “Today, our No. 3 and 4 led us. Dylan and Ryan stepped up and played well and seems like every time it is someone else that steps up and plays well. Our top four are pretty close, and any given day, anyone can play well and lead us. That is how it has been with this group all year.”
Blue Springs will be sending a pair of golfers to state, while Lee's Summit North had one qualifier and one come close to advancing.
Blake Rooney played JV last year for the Wildcats, but shot a team-low 83 to earn his first trip to state.
“I have grown up a ton since last year, my best score (last year) was 90, and I already shot 83 twice this year, so hopefully I will break 70s here soon,” said Rooney, who had an 83 at the conference tournament late last month at Adams Pointe Golf Club.
Rooney, a sophomore, played this course earlier this year at the Park Hill Tournament and posted a three-shot improvement in his second opportunity.
Rooney learned he qualified for state after seeing teammate Seth Wildoner shoot an 84 and get a check-mark next to his name on the scorecards posted at the Northland golf course for state qualifiers.
Wildoner, another first-time qualifier, used his short game to keep his chances alive. After being one of the final qualifiers for sectionals with the last score to move on, he again got to state by the same method in this round. One key shot that helped him was a birdie at No. 11, when he sank a putt from 20 feet out.
“I didn't really believe it,” Wildoner said of advancing. “I was texting my parents to tell them how I did and then all of the sudden it hit me.”
Lee's Summit North's Kohlin Hicks will be the lone qualifier from his school after shooting a 79, tying for 13th place. Teammate Liam Frank shot 85 and was one of the first three out, while Blue Springs' Blake Whestone shot 86 and missed the cut by two.
For Osage's lone qualifier, Mallecki Tarrazas, shot a 91.