Area golfers complete season at state
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) hosted the Class 1 through Class 4 state golf tournament championships in the Springfield area on Monday and Tuesday.
Three area golfers, Evan White, Cassville, Phillip Roller, Purdy, and Jacob Fair, Monett, qualified at their districts and sectional tournaments for the right to compete at the annual state event.
Cassville's White recorded a 154 (79,75) in the two-day state tournament and finished 20th in the 91-person golfing field.
"I hit the ball better today and felt more confident from the first tee on," said White. "I played my best round ever at state, and it feels good to go out on that note."
Republic's Dylan Bekemeier, a sophomore won the Class 3 individual title with a combined two-day score of 140. Bekemeier recorded a 72 on Monday and a final round four-under-par 68. Matthew Brunger, of Westminster Christian Academy, was second with a 145 (72,73), and Adam Lechner also tied for second with a 145 (75,70).
White, a three-time state tournament qualifier improved upon his 170 stroke performance at last year's tournament performance at Silo Ridge in Bolivar.
"I made more putts this year," said White. "Having a year to grow and mature really helped."
A junior at Purdy, Roller earned All-State honors in the Class 1 tournament at Fremont Hills Country Club in Nixa.
Roller finished 15th overall with a 167 (86,81) on the par 71 course.
"I felt good about my round today," said Roller. "I was able to hit some putts and minimize bad decisions. I hit four birdies, which helped tremendously."
John Beykirch, of Sacred Heart, was the Class 1 tournament medalist with a 153 (79,74). Trevor Cooley, of Drexel, (82,73) and Jared Dey, of Sacred Heart (78,77) shared second place with a 155.
"I know I have a lot of work to do between now and next season," said Roller. "The key for me is to play every day and work at getting better."
In Class 3, at Rivercut in Springfield, Fair finished in 12th place shooting an even-par on Monday and a five-over-par 77 on Tuesday.