Truman boys golf coach Becky Costello wasn’t sure how the Patriots would perform Wednesday at the Missouri Class 4 District 8 Tournament, considering how they’ve performed this season and the weather.

Truman boys golf coach Becky Costello wasn’t sure how the Patriots would perform Wednesday at the Missouri Class 4 District 8 Tournament, considering how they’ve performed this season and the weather.

Turned out, Zane Rader, Jacob Hinck and Austin Boatright each performed well enough at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex in Smithville to advance to the Class 4 Sectional 4 tournament scheduled for next Wednesday at Creekmoor Golf Club in Raymore.

“We haven’t necessarily played up to our potential all season,” Costello said. “I knew we were capable of taking, possibly, the entire team.”

Being occupied with getting golfers started and scorekeeping, Costello didn’t get to see the Patriots on the links. However, based on their scores, she said that the Patriots “performed pretty well for the conditions,” which included chilly, stout winds and rain-soaked fairways.

Considering Liberty’s Zac Dittmer shot a 76 on the par-72 course for the day’s lowest score – a “fairly high” score for District 8 – “I was pleased with the scores that we brought in,” Costello said.

Rader and Hinck each posted an 84. Boatright shot a 95, the cutoff score.

“It was really windy outside, and I couldn’t really control the ball at all,” Hinck said.

To handle the wind, Hinck focused on trying to one-putt or two-putt each hole – or as he put it, getting “up and down, really, with my putter.”

“Off the tee, I wasn’t doing anything,” he said.

The top 15 individuals not on qualifying teams advanced. Liberty and Park Hill South placed first and second, respectively, to advance as teams. The Patriots shot a combined 361 to place fifth out of 11 teams.

For Hinck, who played on Truman’s 2010 state-qualifying team, going through sectionals to return to state is an unwelcome stop.

“We have to play Rockhurst and Blue Springs South, who are pretty good, (in sectionals),” he said. “It just adds another step.”

But William Chrisman senior Adam Woods was thrilled to be playing in sectionals.

“Last year, I wasn’t even necessarily a factor at districts,” said Woods, who shot a 91 to advance. “And this year, I really wanted to come out and work hard. And I did. It feels great to finally know that everything you’ve worked for is coming together.”

Woods was Chrisman’s lone qualifier. Entering the tournament, Chrisman coach Bill Jonas liked the Bears’ chances of producing multiple qualifiers “based on the way they’d been playing.”

“Districts are always tough, because the competition’s good,” Jonas said. “The courses are usually tough.”

Fort Osage also produced one qualifier: Tyler Rodewald, who shot an 88.

“It’s not bad,” Indians coach Roger Hunt said of Rodewald’s score. “He’s certainly capable of better than that, but (with) the nerves and the fact that it is a district tournament and the weather combined, I can see it getting up to 88.”