There was plenty of promise when it came to the area contingent heading into the Class 4 boys golf state championships at Silo Ridge.
Though results didn't work out quite as well as hoped, the two-day tournament wasn't a complete washout.
Eight golfers with area ties earned individual medals with top-15 finishes, and Chaminade came away with a third-place team trophy. It was Chaminade's first state trophy since finishing as the Class 4 runner-up in 2009.
“It's been an amazing four years and I really enjoyed everything,” Red Devils senior Matt Sacchettini said. “I can't believe it's over. It's bittersweet. It kind of hurts to end this way but I've enjoyed it.”
The Red Devils were second after Monday's first round and fell back a spot to third with a 36-hole total of 638 after shooting 320 in the second round. Glendale shot a final-round 314 to win with a 627, and Rockhurst's tournament-best 311 in the second round gave it a runner-up showing at 633.
Chaminade's low individual was Colin Stolze, who finished tied for 13th at 12-over-par 156 after a final-round 80. Andrew Horner led Chaminade in the second round with a 78 to finish at 161, while Joe Terschluse and Sacchettini both carded 81 on the final 18 holes.
Stolze was 10 over through the front nine and shot 2 under on the back to help the Red Devils finish third.
“Our goal from Day 1 was to get to state,” Red Devils coach Jack Wilson said. “We knew what we had to do to win this, and they left the door open for us. We just couldn't pull the trigger. Third place is good. We haven't gotten a trophy in a while. It was amazing to watch Colin. I watched his wheels fall off on the fourth or fifth hole, I told him you're playing for pride now and you have to think about the team. He had to play with some heart. I'm not sure my words worked magic, but it was so exciting to see the turnaround.”
Chaminade's third-place finish was the only trophy-winning performance for the area, which had four teams in the tournament. Timberland won the title in 2013, which is the only Class 4 area champion since Chaminade in 2004.
Marquette was playing like a possible championship candidate heading into the state tournament but settled for a sixth-place finish at 649, losing a playoff with De Smet for the position based on the No. 5 golfer's score. SLUH was seventh in the eight-team field at 671.
The Mustangs won every 18-hole tournament they played in this season, but sat fifth after Monday's opening round and didn't move up despite dropping a stroke in the second round.
Still, Marquette senior Frankie Thomas shot a 73 to tie for low 18-hole score in the second round and was the area's low individual in third with an 8-over 152.
“This is a little bittersweet because, obviously, I could have done a lot better,” Thomas said. “It also could have been a lot worse. The first day held me back a little bit. Fortunately, I played better the second day.”
The 73 was tied for the second-best round of the tournament behind three 72s posted Monday in the opening round of the cold and rainy tournament. One of the other 73s came from Francis Howell's Blake Porter, who improved from an 80 in the opening round and tied for fifth place at 153.
“This feels awesome, I want to thank my teammates and coaches for a great season and a great four years, overall,” Porter said. “Again, it was tough weather today, but I got it done. It worked out.”
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