The three Marceline golfers who qualified for the state meet each finished in the top half of the field on Monday and Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. First-year coach Tim Jordan said that he is confident that his team would have brought home a state placard if only the Tigers had qualified a fourth golfer.
"I thought they played great," Jordan said. "Any time you play in a state tournament, you always put a little more pressure on yourself, and I thought they handled it well. It's a battle, and they battled all week long."
Trey Hamilton ended his exceptional season with a 13th place, all-state finish. He shot 81 on the first day and 85 on the second day. Although Hamilton's high school career has concluded, he will continue playing golf competitively next year at William Woods.
Rylan Chrisman shot an 84 and 86 on Monday and Tuesday respectively to finish tied for 17th, and he was just one stroke shy of finishing tied for 15th and hitting the all-state threshold.
"That was a nice little surprise from (Chrisman). He was trying to make all-state in three sports, and that hasn't been done many times in Marceline history. He almost did it, he was kind of a sleeper pick," Jordan joked. "Losing those two guys will hurt us, but it builds some confidence going into next season."
Colby Sims, who will be eligible to return next spring, finished 38th with a two-day score of 182. He shot 93 the first day, and finished four strokes better on Tuesday.
The Tigers and their competition were fortune to have fair weather in Springfield over a two-day period when the rest of Missouri was mucked by torrential rain and heavy winds. The Tigers encountered little more than a mild breeze, and the sun was shining bright for most of the two days at Rivercut.
"I honestly think we're a top-four team in the state, some teams just had career days at our sectional meet," Jordan said. "I think the culture's going to be strong moving forward. We'll have to have some freshman step up after losing those two seniors, but we've got a solid young core."