A trio of golfers from Truman and Fort Osage high schools advanced to sectional play after finishing in the top 15 at Tuesday’s Class 4 District 8 tournament at Drumm Farm Golf Club.

A trio of golfers from Truman and Fort Osage high schools advanced to sectional play after finishing in the top 15 at Tuesday’s Class 4 District 8 tournament at Drumm Farm Golf Club.

The top two teams – Park Hill South, 300; and Liberty, 308 – advanced to sectional play next Wednesday at WinterStone Golf Club. The top 15 golfers who are not on the two top teams also advance.

Truman’s Austin Boatright led all area golfers with a score of 82. He is joined by teammates Scott Agee, 87; and Spencer Jones, 92.

Tyler Rodewald and Van Barr each shot 87 for the Indians and Micah Lewis made it interesting by finishing as the final man to advance to sectional with a 92.

“A photo finish,” joked Lewis. “I like to make it interesting. I kept checking the scores as the golfers came in. When I heard that 92 would be the cut off, I felt pretty good.”

So did his teammates, who breezed into sectional action where they’ll play on their home course.

“WinterStone – oh yeah!” Rodewald said. “We all feel comfortable playing on our home course.”

The Indians finished with a team score of 360 – 23 points higher than the second-place conference score Monday afternoon on the same Drumm Farm course.

“There weren’t any galleries, anyone following us around Monday,” Rodewald continued. “It’s great to go to sectionals with two other guys on the team.”

Barr is looking forward to the sectional experience.

“I didn’t shoot as well as I’d hoped today,” Barr said, “but all that matters is going on to the next round.”

“I thought the course played a little bit tougher today than it did Monday,” Fort Osage coach Roger Hunt said. “I’m really excited to have three advancing to sectionals, especially since it’s on our home course.

“You could tell there was a little more pressure today, but we got three into sectionals and that’s what I expected coming in.”

Truman coach Becky Costello, whose team shot 354, was also hoping to send a handful of Patriots to sectional action.

“I’m happy to get three, because it’s been an up-and-down year,” Costello said. “There was some added pressure today because this is our home course and I know the guys wanted to do well.”

Agee and Boatright had their own philosophy heading into district action.

“I wanted to stay in the low 80s because I thought that would help me get to sectionals,” Agee said. “Next week will be my first sectional, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Boatright advanced to sectional action last year, but missed the chance to go to state.

“I went to state as a sophomore and missed out last year, so it was really important for me to do well today to get back to sectionals as a senior,” Boatright said. “I came out over the weekend and played the course and tried to imagine every shot that could happen today.”

But he didn’t imagine a nightmare seven on hole No. 7.

“I had a wild tee shot, it went into a bunker – it was horrible,” Boatright said. “But I’ve matured this year and I’m not going to let on bad hole ruin my whole day.”