SEC boys’ tournament decided in playoffs
After 20 members of the various Southeast Conference boys’ golf teams had played 18 holes of golf yesterday at the Washington Country Club, not much was decided. Six of them were tied for either the lowest or third-lowest 18-hole scores, creating the need for two sudden-death playoff rounds in order to determine the conference medal winners.
Ryan Waite led the way for Washington with his front-nine 40, back-nine 36, combining for a total of 76. Unfortunately for Waite, that score was matched by Fairfield’s Nick Higgins and Mt. Pleasant’s Kiley Miller.
The Trojans’Alex Shier recorded a 78, securing him in fourth place. Just two strokes back of Shier was Derek Anding. Anding shot a 43-37 to card an 80. That was equaled by Joseph Hietpas of Fairfield and Blake Miller of Keokuk.
Waite survived the first playoff hole but failed to match Higgins and Miller on hole two, placing him third. Anding ended up knocking off both Hietpas and Miller after three holes, earning fifth place.
As a team, the Demons shot a 339. That score was 23 strokes behind the team champion Fairfield Trojans and 11 shots off runner-up Mt. Pleasant’s score.
“I thought we had a good shot to place second today. Fairfield is a really good team and they showed today that they are the conference’s best. It’s a little disappointing because we had some shots that we just didn’t make good decisions on. The bright side of that is that it is easily correctable. We’re going to work on making better decisions as our margin of error at sectionals is much less there considering the level of competition,” Washington head coach Mark Berhow said.
Also featured on Washington’s scorecard were Blake Weidman with a 47-44 total of 91 and Mason Rich with a 47-45 total of 92.
Grant Marek also carded a 92 with a 44-48. Tanner Coleman shot a 51-56 for 107 on the day.
The Washington boys will be in action again on Friday, May 16, at Marion as they try to qualify for the state meet.