Kunantaev paces Hillsboro to eighth place Friday

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Daniel Kunantaev hammers a drive during the Hillsboro half of Friday?s 36-hole Marion County Golf Tournament. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press

Marion finished fifth and Hillsboro eighth in a strong 17-school field at the fifth annual Marion County Invitational Golf Tournament on a beastly windy and cool Friday.

The 36-hole event, played as back-to-back 18-hole rounds at Hillsboro and Marion, is believed to be the only 36-hole event in the state.

Topeka Hayden dominated the field, boasting the best score at both courses?317 at Marion and 314 at Hillsboro?for a 36-hole total of 631, which was 68 strokes better than runner-up Hesston.

Brett Falley of Hayden posted the best individual score overall with a 157, edging teammate Cooper Michel with an identical score via a scorecard playoff.

Michel posted the best individual score at the Marion course with a 77 for a one-stroke edge. Kiley Piles had the best score at Hills?boro with a 76, one stroke better than Falley.

Hillsboro had the only two top-15 individual finishers from Marion County schools. Sopho?more Daniel Kunantaev finished eighth by carding an 83 at Marion and an 82 at Hillsboro for a 36-hole total of 165. Junior Justin Kent shot an 83 at Marion and an 88 at Hillsboro for a total of 171, good for 14th place.

Marion shot a team score of 378 on its home course to place 10th, and a 358 at Hillsboro for sixth-place there.

Hillsboro shot 382 at Marion for 12th-best score, and a 367 at Hillsboro to place ninth.

Two other Marion County school competed well in the team competition. Goessel, with a third-place score at Marion (360) and a seventh-place score at Hillsboro ( 364) placed fifth overall with a 724.

Centre was ninth overall at 743. The Cougars finished eighth on the Marion course with a 371 and 11th on the Hillsboro course at 372.

A breakdown of all the individual scores was not available at press time.

Coming?The Trojans were schedule to compete Monday in the Mid-Central Activities Association league tournament at Hidden Lakes in Hutchinson with Nickerson as the host school.

The Trojans will vie for state tournament berths when they host a Class 3A regional at the local golf course. Joining them in the field are Republic County, Beloit, Ellinwood, Ellsworth, Southeast of Saline, Lyons, Sacred Heart and St. Johns Military.

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