DODGE CITY – Wichita Trinity Academy waited almost 10 days because of weather delays, suspensions and even a change of location to win the 2019 Class 4A State Golf Tournament Wednesday in Dodge City.
Trinity Academy walked away from Mariah Hills Golf Course with two senior golfers going one-two in individual honors and it took home the team trophy as well.
Originally scheduled to have been played May 20th at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield the field of 83 teed off in the Cowboy Capital. Eight golfers had to withdraw for one reason or another.
Trinity Academy’s Caden Vanlandingham ended the day with a two-over 73 to capture the Class 4A title. His teammate Sam Majors was two strokes back at 75 for second place. Fort Scott junior Nicholas King benefitted from a playoff win to take third place over Jack Leake, a junior from Altamont-Labette County. Both players shot 76.
Abilene’s Justin Deters ended his high school career with a 87, 16 over par, that placed him at 31st. Deters struggled a little on the front nine to come in with a 50. However, on the back nine, Deters pared six holes and had a bogey, birdie and double bogey for a two-over 37.
“It was really nice to get this in,” Abilene head coach Mark Willey said. “We moved to Mariah Hills in Dodge city, this course was a little more forgiving. Justin struggled early but finished nicely. He started on hole 17, so he actually played the last seven holes even par.”
Deters pared his first hole, a 364-yard par four before getting a double bogey on 18. He went to the front nine and had a bogey, a pair of double bogeys and a three over through the first four holes. From there, Deters settled in and found his groove to par seven of the last 12 holes. He shot a birdie on 15, a 386-yard par 4.
Deters leaves Abilene High School as one of few Cowboys to reach the state meet in multiple years.
“Justin has had a great career,” Willey said. “He joins a short list of players that have played in three state tournaments.”
Trinity Academy scored 315 to come in with the first place team award followed by Wellington at 331. Andale (336) was fourth followed by Fort Scott 339, Wamego 341, Topeka Hayden 342, Altamont-Labette County 349, Buhler 352, Tonganoxie 362, Chanute 368, Augusta 388 and Louisburg 396.
Wamego junior Cooper Foltz was the first North Central Kansas League golfer to place in Class 4A. Foltz shot an 11 over 82 for 15th. Freshman Dylan Tyner shot an 85 and sophomore Levi Long finished in front of Deters at 86.
Marysville sophomore Jackson Rader shot a nine over 80 for a four-way tie at 10th in Class 3A.