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HHS golfers sixth in Class 5A


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

WICHITA -- The Hays High School boys' golf team took sixth at the Class 5A state golf tournament on Tuesday at Wichita Country Club. The Indians finished with 324 strokes, while host Kapaun Mount Carmel won the state title with 300.

Maize South (312), Bishop Carroll (314), St. Thomas Aquinas (314) and Topeka Seaman (315) rounded out the top five.

"That's better than we've done the past two years," Hays High golf coach Mark Watts said. "I think that's as good as we really could have done this year with the teams that were there. I'm very proud of the guys."

It's the team's highest finish in three years after taking eighth place the last two seasons.

Kapaun's Sam Stevens shot a 1-over par 72 to win the individual crown, needing to get up and down out of the sand trap on the 18th hole for the win. Wichita Heights' Caleb Haight took second with 73 and St. James Academy's Jack Reilly third with 74.

Hays High had two golfers -- senior Kaden Beilman and junior Cash Hobson -- finish with 80 to tie for 26th place, one stroke short of medaling in the top 20. Sophomore Payton Ruder shot 81 to tie for 32nd and junior Nathan Romme 83 to tie for 37th.

Rounding out the team scoring was senior Lane Clark's 89 to tie for 66th and senior Chase Lynd's 98 for 82nd.