Demons take ninth at State
Owens paces Dodge City with a 79
By John Zetmeir
Dodge City Daily Globe
In the Dodge City High School boys golf team’s first trip to state in three years, head coach Jim Mapel was pleased with the performance of his team.
The Red Demons combined for a team score of 328 which equalled a ninth place finish amongst the field of 12 teams. Manhattan edged out Dodge City by one stroke to earn eighth place as a team.
“We had some kids really step up today,” Mapel said. “I thought a goal for us was to be top-10 and we got ninth. A 328 in the state tournament at Manhattan Country Club is a good score for us.”
Just seven strokes separated the Red Demon and Garden City who finished fifth place as a team. The difference between the Buffaloes and Shawnee Mission Northwest, that took fourth, was 10 strokes.
Sophomore Canyon Owens led the way for the Red Demons with a score of 79. It was the second year in a row that Owens shot the best score for aRed Demon at the state tournament. Owens was just one of three Dodge City golfers to make the trip last season.
Finishing two strokes behind Owens was fellow sophomore Luke Gleason.
Mapel is hopeful that Monday’s state tournament experience is something that the Red Demons will build on going into next season. Dodge City is expected to return all six varsity starters in 2017.
“It was important for us to get everybody here and to have some pretty good success with it,” Mapel said. “Playing in the state tournament is a whole different atmosphere. It’s really a great experience and we were fortunate to have the whole team participate today.”
Canyon Owens 79, Luke Gleason 81, Adam Kessen 84, Matthew Vogel 84, Dylan Ratts 89, Payson Hatfield 89.