Shoots 91 in Class 3 District 8 Tournament at Smithville Monday (April 29, 2019) to place 15th overall and eighth among players not from sectional-tournament-qualifying teams. Finish earns him spot in sectional at Excelsior Springs next Monday
SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Freshman Gage Leamer is the only 2019 Chillicothe (Mo.) HS golf Hornet whose season remains ongoing after he played a strong 18 holes in Monday’s (April 29) Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
Firing a 43-48–91, Leamer handily advanced to next Monday’s state-qualifying sectional tournament at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course by posting the 15th-best individual score overall on the Outlaw Course of the Paradise Pointe Golf Club at Smithville.
To advance to sectional, a golfer had to be either a member of one of the two automatically-qualifying teams which posted the two best team scores or shoot a score that was among the 15 lowest among players not on one of those two teams. By being in the top 15 overall, which also earned him all-district status, the freshman was assured of a sectional berth, even though the Hornets’ team score of 433 left them sixth among the seven participating teams.
However, with district team champion Smithville (325) and runnerup Kirksville (350) having seven of the players who scored better than him, Leamer technically stood eighth among the 15 non-team advancers.
Chillicothe didn’t have anyone extremely close to being a second sectional qualifier.
With one of its planned players unable to do so, leaving CHS with only the minimum four entries needed to formulate a team score, season leader Colby Gillespie finished four strokes away from continuing his season at least another week. He posted a 48-52–100, about four strokes over his average going into the postseason.
CHS’ other two players finished back in the pack – Dalton Ripley posting a 54-62–116 and Spencer Shira struggling to a 66-60–126.
With his 91, Leamer dropped his season average to exactly 100 strokes every 18 holes. Although Gillespie’s final average unofficially rose very slightly to 96.8, it still will finish the season as the team’s best.
At sectional next Monday, Leamer will be trying to qualify for the state tournament to be played in two weeks at the Columbia Country Club. At sectional, since he won’t be part of a team, he’ll need to post one of the 12-best rounds of anyone who is part of the teams which place first or second.
The Class 3 District 8 Tournament individual champion was Dylan Thomas Kinney of Kirksville with a 5-over-par 77. The runnerup from Smithville was two strokes back.