Northland golfers headed to state tournament

Smithville freshman Andrew Conrad went to the Class 3 state tournament as an individual competitor.

In the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 Sectional 4 Tournament, both Smithville and Kearney were represented Monday, May 6, at Excelsior Springs Golf Course.

Class 3

The entire Warriors team made it to the sectional meet, while for the Kearney Bulldogs, senior Payne Gallagher was the lone golfer. Gallagher held his own, finishing the par-72 course in a four-way tie for third place at 79.

A third-place finish is enough to send him to the Class 3 state tournament as an individual competitor. One golfer who was tied with Gallagher is Smithville’s No. 1 freshman, Andrew Conrad.

Conrad was part of the team competition and also shot a 79. Although the team missed qualifying for the state tournament as a whole by four strokes, four of the five Warriors qualified individually.

Behind Conrad, junior Nicholas Nielson was the next highest finisher at the 12 spot. Nielson shot an 84 and finished four strokes ahead of senior Trace Walters and five strokes in front of sophomore Eric Holmes.

Just as in the team scores, the lone Warrior to miss the cut was junior Cameron Oesterle, who did so by four strokes, finishing with a 95 in 26th place.

The MSHSAA Class 3 state tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14, at the Columbia Country Club in Columbia.

Class 4

At another par-72 course, the MSHSAA Class 4 Sectional 4 Tournament was held May 6 in Kansas City at the Tiffany Greens Golf Club. This tournament featured both Liberty and Liberty North with four golfers from North and five from Liberty.

The highest finisher from either side was Eagles senior Tanner Collins, who posted a 75, which placed him fourth. Junior Daniel Duffin joined Collins as the two Eagles to qualify for the state tournament, posting a 78 in ninth place.

Senior Mason Staatz and sophomore Vincent Hertzog saw their season come to an end, posting an 85 and 92, respectively. For the Blue Jays, junior Michael Garcia tied with Duffin for ninth and was the highest Liberty finisher.

He and fellow junior Cooper Stiles will move on after Stiles posted an 84 and barely made the cut in a tie for 21st place. Sophomores Zach Harmon and Jacob Lyon missed the cut along with freshman William WhitebirdGriffith as they all shot above the 84 cut-off mark.

Both the Eagles and the Blue Jays qualified two golfers for the state tournament and will compete Monday and Tuesday, May 13 and 14, at the Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar.

Sports Writer Justin Quick can be reached at or 389-6643.

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