Though his season did not end quite in the fairy-tale fashion he wanted it to, Marceline senior Trey Hamilton's high school golf career was a memorable one.
Hamilton finished 13th at this week's state golf tournament in Springfield. For the second consecutive year, he earned all-state honors. He finished 11th in 2017.
"I played alright, but I wasn't as good as I wanted to be," the lanky Tiger admitted. "There's nothing you can change about that, and sometimes you have your off days."
Hamilton has not missed a Class 1 state tournament in his four years. As a freshman, when Marceline finished second as a team behind La Plata, Hamilton placed 36th, and as a sophomore he finished 59th.
He tacked on some additional accolades this season by winning the Lewis & Clark conference tournament before breezing his way to a top finish in the district tourney by seven strokes.
Hamilton said that his teammates Rylan Chrisman and Colby Sims giving the Tigers some surprisingly high placements at the state tournament is encouraging for his guys moving forward, although Marceline will lose Chrisman next season. He said that his teammates were one of his greatest sources of encouragement.
"They really push me," Hamilton said. "We were pretty good as a team, and they wanted me to keep it going. Hopefully the program can get some younger kids interested in the game."
Hamilton will attend William Woods in the fall, and looks forward to the challenge of playing at another level.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Hamilton offered. "It's going to be a lot of fun golfing at another level, it will be a blast."