Wellington loses state-qualifying tiebreaker, Saffell wins regional golf championship

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Freshman Blake Saffell wins the Class 4A Regional at the Wellington golf course.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington golf team knew going in that this was going to be a tough battle. The Class 4A Regional sported three of the four best teams in Class 4A. Andover Central was ranked No. 1, Wellington No. 2 and Wichita Trinity No. 4. But in order to qualify as a full team, only two teams per regional could go.So one team was going to be left out at the Wellington Regional yesterday afternoon.Unfortunately for Crusader fans, Wellington was the odd team out – losing in a tie-breaker to Trinity. Both teams finished with a cumulative 317 for second place. To decide the tie breaker the fifth person’s score was determined.Both Jaylen Harris and Blake Bales shot a 93 for Wellington. Trinity’s Stephen Radley scored a 90. As a result, Andover Central, which won this tournament handily with a 305 and Wichita Trinity finished second. No other team came close. Rose Hill was a far off 354 and Ark City had 364. (see full team scores here)Wellington Senior Ty Wilson qualifies for state.As a result, freshman Blake Saffell and senior Ty Wilson will be the only two WHS golfers heading to Emporia Municipal Golf Course for the Class 4A State Tournament next Monday.For the young Saffell, it was crowning kind of day. Not only did the ninth grader win the toughest Class 4A Regional in the state, but he did so against established juniors and seniors. He led throughout. He was at even par after the first nine, and was two over at the end of 18 – scoring a 72.He defeated Peyton Austin of Rose Hill, Cooper Schultz of Andover Central, and Wellington Middle School product now Wichita Trinity player Lucas Scheufler who all shot 73s.Ty Wilson, in his final regional, finished four over with a 74.Both Saffell and Wilson were models of consistency throughout the day (see Wellington hole to hole scores here). For Saffell, he parred the front nine except making an birdie on Hole No. 4 and bogeying No. 5. His back 9 was almost as consistent. He bogeyed No. 11, birdied No. 16, and double bogeyed 17. Again, he parred the rest of the way. For the day he had 13 out of 18 pars. That’s pretty good.Dodge City Community College bound and AV-CTL DIV league champion Wilson had similar consistencies. On his front nine, he parred 7 of the 9 holes, bogeying No. 2 and double bogeying No. 8.On the back nine he achieved his first birdie on hole No. 13 but bogeyed 15 and 16 to end the day four over par on his home course.Rylan Blasi had a good outing. He finished with an 84, and finished just one stroke out of qualifying for state. He shot a 41 and 43.Jace Lawrence would finish with an 87, for Wellington fourth and final score. He shot a 43 on the front and 44 on the back.As mentioned before both Harris and Bales finished with 93s. It was a tough day for Bales, who had an 8 on the par 3 hole No. 11. In fact, hole No. 11 was Wellington’s nemesis hole, Harris scored a 6 and Blasi had a 7.One interesting tidbits, was the Wellington influence on two other teams. Scheuf ler, who is from Wellington but is now wearing Trinity colors, had an outstanding day as a freshman – shooting a 36 in and 37 out. Austin Goodrum, also a freshman, who attended Wellington elementary schools, shot an 80 helping Andover Central secure the regional championship.Think about that: three freshmen with Wellington ties were in the top 10 of this tournament. Crusaders fans can only wistfully imagine what could have been in golf over the next three years if those three and Detric Gill, a promising WMS eighth grader coming up the pike, were on the same team.The leaderboard can be found here.  Click on each golfer for his hole to hole scoring.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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