Going into the Class 1, Sectional 3 golf championships on Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Course, Van-Far coaches Melissa Orr and Jay Orr knew the Indians would need a 352 if they were going to qualify as a team for state.
The Indians responded by shooting a 352 to earn one of two team spots and a chance to compete in the Class 1 State Championships at River Cut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo.
“All week we stressed ‘bogey or better’ as our goal and the boys responded…,” said Van-Far head coach Melissa Orr.
“…We can’t say enough of these young men and how they handled a pressure packed Sectional match today at beautiful Heritage Hills Golf Club in Moberly. Heritage is not a long course but is very hilly with tree lined fairways, water hazards, and very fast greens. If you miss the fairway, you can be looking at a big score. The nerves were evident from the start, the guys had very high expectations going in and they put a lot of pressure on themselves and didn’t start off well except for Jayson Orr and Zane Allen. Those two boys carried the team on the front nine and kept us in the match.”
Jayson Orr finished the day with an 84 to take 11th place overall while Allen shot an 88 for 15th place.
He rallied from a disappointing 15, three putt performance at districts by having just one three putt in Sectionals.
Allen was steady and solid with nothing phasing him during the day.
Both Rylee Hanson and Brayden Christian shot a 90 to tie for 18th place while Ethan Winders kept his score under 100 with a 99 for 29th place.
Winders was 22 over par after eight holes before going just seven over on the next 10 holes.
“We were very proud of him and of all our guys,” Melissa Orr said.
“That’s what these young men are all about, they never gave up, and fought through the adversity. We’ve still have a lot of work to do before next week, we need to clean up a few things and are very confidant we will make a nice run at the state title.”