Golf qualifies for state with 3rd place team finish at regionals

Payton Wurtz | staff writer

For the first time in Wabaunsee history, the boys golf team is headed to state.

This year was Wabaunsee’s first year having a full golf team. The team cooperated with Onaga High School to build a team, but for the postseason the WHS boys were on their own.

WHS has sent a single golfer to state before, as Tyler Fleming qualified as an individual, also playing with Onaga during the regular season.

Four boys had marks that went toward the team qualifying for state, including the following: 

Eli Oliver: 86 (+16)

Luke Wertzberger: 94 (+24)

Parker Holthaus 101: (+33)

Wyatt Wurtz 101: (+33)

“It was fun to watch the boys go out there and compete,” coach Christian Ulsaker said. “Golf is just as much a mental game than it is a physical one. You are going to have bad shots, how you respond can be the difference between your team winning or losing. My job as a coach is not as much to instruct them during their round of golf, but to show them a smiling face and give them words of encouragement.”

Wabaunsee placed 3rd at Regionals to qualify to state as a team.

“I’m super excited and I feel really blessed that our team is going to be able to compete one last time together at state. It’s been a really great experience getting to play this year, and I’m excited for the years to come. I’m really proud of everyone, even Ryan (Schutter),” junior Wyatt Wurtz said. 

State will be held May 22-23 at the Hesston Golf Course in Hesston. Tee time is 9 a.m.

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