Wildcats advance to Kansas Sand Greens state; Mustang golf ends season at 4A regional

By JOCELYN SHEETS
Register Sports Editor

While Yates Center High’s Wildcats were qualifying as a team for the sand greens state tournament, Iola High’s Mustangs fell short of state qualification in Class 4A.
In Leonardville, Yates Center captured second place in a Kansas Sand Greens Regional tournament hosted by Riley County High School. Riley County won the 18-hole event with a 327.
Combining for a four-man total of 333, the Wildcats qualified as a team for the 2009 Kansas Sand Greens State Tournament, May 26 in Tipton. It is the first time YCHS has qualified as a team since 2003, when it placed fourth at state.
Leading the Wildcats were sophomore Jake Morrison and senior Jake Lenard. Both shot 78s. Morrison won the tiebreaker for fourth place individually with Lenard in fifth.
Both Morrison and Lenard played in the state tournament a year ago. Lenard will make his fourth consecutive trip to a state sand greens tournament.
Sophomore Paul Stockebrand had an 87 followed by senior Drew Stuber with a 90. Freshmen Blake Francis and Dylan Bauman shot 97 and 102, respectively.
Yates Center has been runner-up at sand greens regionals four times — 1981, 1982, 2003 and 2009.

IOLA WAS in Caney for a 2009 Kansas Class 4A Regional Tournament. Chanute won the tournament with a 311 four-man total on the Caney Golf Club course.
The Mustangs shot a 388 and finished eighth as a team. The second-place team was Independence with a 336 and qualified along with Chanute.
Iola’s top finish was by senior Austin Ellis with a 92 (49-43) for 29th place. Senior Chase Ellis shot a 96 (46-50) and junior Alec Peterson had a 99 (51-48). Junior Chris Harrington carded a 101 (50-51).
Senior Bryce Burris and freshman Nick Jacobs also played for the Mustangs.