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Van-Far golf wins back-to-back district titles

Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:30 am

Van-Far’s golf team after winning the Class 1, District 6 title. Shown, from left: Ethan Winders, Rylee Hanson, Jayson Orr, Brayden Christian, and Zane Allen.

Van-Far won back-to-back district championships this past Monday after holding off Paris by nine strokes to win the title at Norwoods Golf Course in Hannibal.
And they did so in dominating fashion. All five golfers earned All-District honors for their scores at districts as the Indians won the Class 1, District 6 crown.
“We’re very proud of our team for winning their second straight district title,” said Van-Far head coach Melissa Orr.
“The conditions were tough, high winds with hard fast greens, made scoring at a premium. Our guys held together as a team and kept focusing on the things they needed to do. All of the boys were disappointed in their scores and know they left a few shots out there. They shouldn’t be too disappointed with their rounds, all five players received All-District honors. We’re not sure, but this may be the first time an entire team has been honored. All of the boys are very eager to play in the Sectional matches next Monday in Moberly.”
Hanson led the Indians with an impressive 86 finishing just seven strokes away from a district title.
“We were very proud of Rylee Hanson and his performance,” Orr said. “We placed him in a group with the districts top two players and favorites to win the State Individual Title, Max Floyd, of Barat Academy, and Kanon Kendrick, of South Shelby. Rylee stayed with them all day, shot for shot, and ended the day seven shots back…”
Jayson Orr was sixth place overall with a 95, Zane Allen took 10th with a 103, Brayden Christian was 12th with a 104, and Ethan Winders took 14th after shooting a 105.
The Indians will compete in Sectionals next Monday at Heritage Hills.
Winning the Quad Meet
Van-Far’s golf team won a quad meet last week in Elsberry after combining to shoot a 171.
The Indians defeated Louisiana, Elsberry, and Bowling Green behind the play Hanson, who was the medalist. Hanson shot a 36 to lead all golfers in the meet.
Ashton Garnett was second on the squad with a 41, Christian had a 45, Allen shot a 49, and Ethan Winders had a 58.
“The boys are playing well and gaining confidence,” Orr said after the quad.
Editor’s Note: A tribute to the Van-Far team will be featured in the May 9 issue of The Vandalia Leader.