Cassville grad earns first collegiate win

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Earning his keep Former Cassville Wildcat golfer Evan White helped the Kansas City (Kansas) Community College (KCKCC) golf team win the Independence Community College Invitational Best Ball Tournament. The KCKCC golf team is pictured above. From left, are: Kellen Brandt, Kody Campbell, Kody Kaufman, Zach Fate, Nick Cavlovic, Collin Herron, White, Christian Blake, Michael Civitate and Peter Yadrich. Photo courtesy of KCKCC

Former Cassville Wildcat Evan White and Collin Herron helped the 2012 Kansas City (Kansas) Community College (KCKCC) golf season get off to a spectacular start as they teamed up to win the Independence Community College Invitational Best Ball Tournament.

White, a freshman, turned in a 107 the tournament's best 27-hole total with rounds of 34, 36 and 37, while Herron, a native of Ozawkie, Kan., carded a 114 (37, 39 and 38). The two combined for a best ball score of 103.

Teams from Independence, Kan., and Colby, Kan., tied for second in the tournament that drew 20 teams, including four from the Jayhawk Conference.

"For the most part we were able to keep the ball in play," said KCKCC Coach Gary Shrader. "The Independence Country Club course is not long but tree lined, so it's important to leave the driver in the bag and keep the ball out of trouble."

With eight freshmen on an 11-man squad that Shrader calls one of his best young teams in recent years, the Blue Devil coach said the two-man format was an ideal way to start the season.

"With eight freshmen playing their first college tournament, playing as two-man teams made it less intimidating," said Shrader. "Also, I'll be able to use it as a qualifier for the start of the conference season."

The Blue Devils open the Jayhawk Conference season with a designated tournament at Hesston, Kan., Sept. 9.

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