By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
NEWTON ? Friday?s action at state golf saw both Henry County teams move up a spot to finish top five in the Class 1A tournament. Winfield-Mt. Union shot a 348 on Friday after shooting 353 Thursday to finish fourth at 701. New London tied for fifth with a 705, shooting 349 on Friday after their 356 on Thursday. Grundy Center won the extremely tight team race, shooting a 683.
W-MU star Kaleb Hagge had to settle for second place overall after finishing just one shot off the individual championship. Hagge entered the day one stroke behind East Buchanan?s Jacob Hesner, and both players shot a 74 on Friday. Hesner finished two over par at 147 and Hagge closed his high school career at 148. It was his fourth top-three finish in his career and he finished high school with two state championships.
New London freshman Clayton Phillips found himself on the individual medal stand. Phillips was one of four players to tie for seventh with a 161 after shooting 79 on Friday. Three of those players were freshmen.
W-MU sophomore Nolan Ross shed 10 strokes off from Thursday?s round, shooting an 80 to finish tied for 14th with a 170. New London senior Alex Dentlinger shot an 88, which tied him for 26th with a 177.
W-MU junior Jarod Kadel shot a 92 on Friday to finish up at 182. That placed him alone in 32nd. New London senior Javis Krieger shot a 93 on Friday to finish at 183 overall to tie for 33rd.
New London senior Justin Carter tied for 35th with a 184 after shooting 89 on Friday. Senior teammate Gavin Prottsman placed 50th with a 195 after finishing his second round at 97, and Gabe Carter was the final Tiger on the list, closing his sophomore year out with a 51st place finish after shooting 94 on Friday to score 197 overall.
W-MU sophomore Noah Freeman shot a 102 on Friday to score again for W-MU and finish the tournament in 53th place with a 201. Freshmen Jacob Kongable and Brady Loyd were 60th and 61st respectively. Kongable shot a 105 on Friday to finish at 219 and Loyd ended the day at 110 to close his state tournament out with a 225.