Van-Far’s boys golf team was just one place away from leaving last week’s Class 1 State Championships in Springfield with a top-four plaque.
The Indians, who qualified a team out of Sectionals, combined to shoot a 761 to take fifth place overall in the competition played at Rivercut Golf Club.
“We couldn’t be more proud of the boys for stepping up and playing on such a big stage,” said Van-Far head coach Melissa Orr.
Jayson Orr led the Indians during the two-day event just six shots back from an all-state medal. He shot an 87 on day one and an 88 on day two for a 175 to take 21st place out of a field featuring 88 golfers.
He was the Indians’ lone state qualifier in 2017.
Rylee Hanson was next for Van-Far with a 181 after shooting an 88 on day one and a 93 on day two for 36th place.
Brayden Christian shot a 193 with a 98 on day one and a 95 on day two.
Zane Allen had a 217 with a 113 on day one and a 104 on day two.
Finally, Ethan Winders added a 218 after shooting a 108 on day one and a 110 on day two.
“After day one, the team knew they were going to have to shave at least five to 10 strokes off each of their scores on day two to come home with a trophy,” Melissa Orr said. “This was a huge goal while playing on the long, Rivercut course. It was a beautiful course that could become tricky if you missed the middle of the fairway. That, along with fast greens, made for a two-day challenge…Although the boys were disappointed in the finish, they have vowed to learn from this and come back even stronger next year. Zane Allen told the scorer’s table, ‘we will be back next year’ That is the kind of character we are looking for and the spark we need to make a run at it again next year! The Van-Far school and community should be very proud of this group of young men. They received many compliments for their demeanor on and off the course during this season!”