By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
NEWTON --Day one of the 2018 Class 1A golf meet in Newton has come and gone, and it?s the closest team race in the state. Both of the county?s teams are very much in the hunt after Thursday?s action.
Just 11 strokes separate the top seven teams in day one. Harris-Lake Park leads the way at +61 (345), but Winfield-Mt. Union and New London are both right in the thick of it. W-MU sits in fifth place with a +69 (353), and New London is tied for sixth at +72 (356).
W-MU is being led by two-time state champion Kaleb Hagge, who sits just one stroke back of the individual lead. Hagge shot a +3 (74) in the first round, going 3 on both the front nine and the back nine. He sprinkled in three birdies on the day, but did suffer a double-bogey on the 16th hole. Jacob Hesner of East Buchanan leads the field at +2 (73).
New London?s Clayton Phillis is nine strokes off of the lead. He is currently tied in seventh overall with an 82, shooting 41 on both the front and back nine. Phillips birdied the second hole but did double bogey two holes.
New London?s Alex Dentlinger is tied for 20th after shooting an 89. He shot a 43 on the front nine and a 46 on the back nine.
Three area players tied in 25th. The W-MU duo of Nolan Ross and Jarod Kadel shot 90s and New London?s Javis Krieger finished at 90 as well.
Ross shot a 43 on the front nine and a 47 on the back nine. Kadel went 46 on the front nine and 44 on the back nine, and Krieger shot 42 on the front and 48 on the back. Krieger had one birdie on the day, coming on hole three.
New London?s Justin Carter is tied for 42nd with a 95. He shot a 45 on the front nine and a 50 on the back nine, tallying his only birdie on hole one.
Gavin Prottsman is the next Tiger down the list. He shot a 98 to tie for 47th. Prottsman shot a 52 on the front nine and a 46 on the back nine. Prottsman?s big shot came on hole nine, where he eagled the hole to shave off two strokes.
W-MU?s Noah Freeman is tied for 51st with a 99. He shot a 50 on the front nine and a 49 on the back nine.
Gabe Carter represents New London in 54th place, shooting a 55 on the front nine and a 48 on the back nine to equal out at 103. Carter birdied hole 11.
The W-MU duo of Jacob Kongable and Brady Loyd are 60th and 61st respectively. Kongable shot a 55 on the front and a 59 on the back to end up at 114. Loyd shot a 63 on the front and a 52 on the back to finish at 115.
The second round began today (Friday) at 8 a.m. A champion is set to be crowned later on in the day.