PARSONS, Kan. -- Fort Scott High School's golf team finished in the middle of the pack at the third of four Southeast Kansas League designated tournaments here Thursday. But going into the final SEK tourney at Fort Scott on May 8, a few Tigers have a chance to finish with league honors.
Iola shot 328 while Independence recorded a four-man score of 331. But Indy remained on top of the league standings with a three-tourney total of 1,000. Iola is 5 strokes behind while Coffeyville is third at 1,013 and Fort Scott is fourth at 1,021.
Coffeyville was third at Parsons Thursday with a 335. Columbus followed at 337 with Fort Scott, which is still missing Channing Neilson, coming in at 341.
The individual standings weren't sorted out as this summary was prepared but it looks as though Iola's Kaden Macha will be the season leader once they are. Second in the SEK coming in, Macha shot 35 on the front nine and 41 on the back to finish at 76. Coffeyville's Brett Yeubanks, the SEK leader going into Thursday, could only muster a 10th-place finish here with his 43-40--83. Pittsburg's Andrew Joy, third in the SEK, took fourth place at 41-37--78.
Iola's Shane Walden won the tournament at 39-37--76, winning a scorecard playoff over Macha and Coffeyville's Conner Murrell, who also scored 39-37.
Fort Scott freshman Conner Antonetti was eighth coming into the tournament and should improve his position after shooting 39-41--80 to finish seventh in the tournament. Macha has a three-tournament total of 229 strokes while Yeubanks fell to 236 and Joy comes in at 241. Antonetti is right with them at 250.
"Conner continues to excel as a freshman," Fort Scott head coach Ken Klassen said. "He's consistently medaling. We'll see if he can continue to play well and break into the top five at Coffeyville on Tuesday."
Tucker Horn finished ninth for the Tigers at 45-37--82 and improved his three-tournament league total to 253. Jonathan Allen did not medal but his 43-41--84 gives him an SEK total of 255.
"Tucker had a rough front nine, but an outstanding finishing nine," Klassen said. "I'm proud of him not getting discouraged, but hanging in there and turning around his performance on the back nine. His attitude showed a maturing discipline that should really pay off as time goes by.
"Jonathan had a good round but is fighting the inconsistency that keeps him out of the top ten."
Baker Weilert rounded out the four-man score for Fort Scott coming in at 48-47--95. Dane Ramsey came in at 48-47--95 and Anthony Sercer shot 47-52--99.
"Baker, Dane, and Anthony all broke a 100, but need to drop down by 10 strokes -- a major work -- to help us medal as a team," Klassen says. "They're improving but time is running out this year. They are great kids to work with. I'd really like them to enjoy some season-ending success."