Hillandale Golf Course played host to a high school state golf tournament for the second time in the three years this week, having hosted the girls event in 2019.
The local golf course hosted the 3A Boys State Championships Wednesday and Thursday with three teams fighting it out for the top three spots over the two-day event.
Belmont captured the team title by shooting a two-day total of 613 as a unit. Cardinal senior Karsten Bryant was the top individual golfer, winning his third state title by carding a 140.
Booneville and St. Andrews battled all day Thursday for the second and third spots with the Blue Devils entering the final day in second with the Saints occupying third.
When the final hole was finished, St. Andrews was two shots better than Booneville, shooting a 654 while the Blue Devils recorded a 656.
Belmont had two of the top three overall individual scorers. In addition to Bryant’s winning total, Bruce McClung carded a 144 for third place. Kossuth’s Trey Blackard finished second with a 142. Coincidentally, Blackard was the only representative for the Aggies, who did not compete in the team competition.
“We moved the tournament from Monday and Tuesday as originally scheduled because of the rain forecast,” said Hillandale manager William Cole. “But we had perfect weather for the past two days. The course played very well and there were no issues as far as I know. All the golfers seemed to enjoy themselves.”
“We hope to host another state tournament in the near future. This makes two of the past three years we have hosted and our reputation for running a top-notch tournament is now well-documented now,” said Cole.
Corinth finishes 6th in 4A
Earlier this week in Clinton the 4A Boys State Championships were played at Whispering Pines in Clinton.
Corinth, the owner of nine state titles with the last coming in 2018, finished the two-day event with a team total of 713 – good for a tie with Purvis for sixth place.
Individually for the Warriors, John Robert Davis led the way with a 160, followed by Leland Davis at 167. Rounding things out for CHS, Occoee Pina carded a 171, Henry Huggins finished with a 215 while John Stanley shot a 245.