Hogan Lovelady represented Marion at the Class 3A state golf tournament May 20 at Spring Creek Golf Course in Seneca and came up just short of snaring a state medal.
“Hogan missed medaling by three strokes,” coach Thane Schwartz said. “It’s kind of like having a no-hitter going into the ninth, and then being succumbed by a bunt.”
Lovelady carded an 86 over 18 holes, placing him in a six-way tie for 28th in a field of 104. Phillipsburg’s Ryan Hoover won the tournament with a 74.
“After torturing himself on the first two holes, he blistered his driver on the par five No. 3 and found the green in two,” Schwartz said. “From that point on we saw the real Hogan.
“Hogan was scary long off the tees, and by mid-round traded his humble demeanor for fist pumps. Despite having to deal with a case of the yips and a slight draw, Hogan played extremely well.
Centre—Kodey Johnson and Dylan Svitak represented Centre at the Class 1A state golf tournament May 20 in Emporia.
Johnson carded a 90 over 18 holes to earn the 17th-place medal, while Svitak shot a 104 for 45th place.
Stockton’s Koby Beougher won the tournament with a 75 on the par-71 course. A total of 88 golfers participated at Emporia.