Mid-County seniors Matt Graves and Mason Kaiser saved their best golf for the 19th hole at Tuesday’s Class 1A Annawan-Wethersfield Regional golf tournament.

Mid-County seniors Matt Graves and Mason Kaiser saved their best golf for the 19th hole at Tuesday’s Class 1A Annawan-Wethersfield Regional golf tournament.

Graves and Kaiser prevailed in a four-man playoff for the final two individual sectional qualifying berths. The M-C seniors tee it up again Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Havana Sectional at Crane Creek Golf Course in Kilbourne with trips to the state tournament on the line.

Both Graves and Kaiser shot 90 on a wind-swept day at Kewanee Dunes Golf Club, tying them with Matt Brown of Williamsfield and Vance Young of Mercer County.

Graves and Kaiser hammered their tee shots on the first playoff hole, while their competition found trouble. Brown hit his tee shot out of bounds, and Young knocked his second shot out of bounds over the green.

Kaiser hit his approach short of the green, chipped up and two-putted for a bogey five. Graves dropped his approach 15 feet from the cup and two-putted for par.

“Matt and Mason took control of the playoff with awesome tee shots under pressure,” said M-C golf coach Mike Landis. “Those were probably the best tee shots they hit all day, and they came at the perfect time.”

“I’m extremely happy for both of them. They have been varsity contributors for four years and they get the opportunity to play for state golf trips next week,” Landis added.

Both bounced back after tough opening nines — Kaiser going out in 47 and Graves in 46. After hiccups early on the back nine, they rebounded with strong finishes to shoot 90 and land in the four-man playoff.

The Cougars finished seventh in the 13-team field with a 385 total. Also counting for M-C were Cale Attaway with 102 and Kaden Willer 103.

Rockridge claimed the regional title with a 344 total, edging Ridgewood by one shot at 345. Sherrard grabbed the final sectional team berth at 351. Narrowly missing were Mercer County at 352, Williamsfield 353 and Monmouth-Roseville 357.

Leading Ridgewood into the sectional tourney was freshman Thomas Bumann, who grabbed medalist honors with 78 to edge Monmouth-Roseville’s Nick Corman by one shot.

Also counting for the Spartans were Levi Swanson with 82, Riley Nelson 91, and Bill Bumann and Ganon Greenman 94 each.


Ridgewood, Whitford roll to LTC golf titles

Ridgewood entered Tuesday’s regional tourney off a convincing win in the Lincoln Trail Conference golf tournament Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Oak Run.

The Spartans, led by medalist Thomas Bumann, fired a 313 team total to top Williamsfield by 31 shots for the LTC title.

Mercer County was third in the eight-team field at 348, followed by Mid-County at 354.

Bumann’s 2-over par 73 was the low score of the day, followed by Ridgewood teammate Levi Swanson at 74. Ganon Greenman completed a Ridgewood sweep of the top three spots with an 81. Rounding out the scoring for the Spartans was Riley Nelson, who finished ninth overall with 85.

Mid-County featured two medal winners on the day. Mason Kaiser finished fourth in the tourney with 81 and Matt Graves tied for 10th at 85.

Also counting for the Cougars were Cale Attaway with 88 and Tristan Rogers 100.

In the girls tourney, Mid-County’s Elizabeth Whitford waltzed to a 14-shot victory.

Whitford fired 90 to finish well ahead of runner-up Taylor Sutherland of Princeville at 104.