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Palmyra captures second consecutive state trophy

Laithan Sublette
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: May. 15, 2018 8:45 pm Updated: May. 16, 2018 2:45 am

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- Reality started to sink in for Laithan Sublette on the 17th hole Tuesday.

He was at 1-over-par for his round in the second day of play at the Missouri Class 2 state golf tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club, but Sublette was out of the hunt for what he wanted -- a state title. He also realized he was about to play the last two holes of his high school career.

"I didn't have a chance to win, and it was kind of hard to stay focused," Sublette said.

The senior from Palmyra duffed a chip shot and three-putted the par 3 17th, then hit tree limbs on two shots from the fairway and took a bogey on No. 18 to finish with his second consecutive 4-over 76 to finish in fourth place.

Bishop LeBlond out of St. Joseph had the three best scores of the tournament -- Brooks Jungbluth shot a 66 on Tuesday to finish in first at 137, followed by Hank Lierz with a 140 and Jeffrey Johnston at 148 -- and won the state title in impressive fashion with a team score of 599.

Christian shot a 665 to take second, and Palmyra shot a 696 and edged California by four strokes to take third -- the second state trophy in school history after placing second last year.

"What LeBlond did today was pretty impressive. I don't care what class you're playing in," Panthers coach Marty Smyser said. "I thought my guys did a pretty good job of competing."

Freshman Brady Shively knocked nine strokes off Monday's score and shot a 175 to finish in 37th. Sophomore Brock Bollin shot a 184 to tie for 58th, sophomore Mason Burch shot a 189 to finish in 65th and junior Ragar McKinney shot a 192 to tie for 70th.

"I was really proud of Shively," Smyser said. "Of the 36 holes he played, he put together 27 really good holes."

Sublette birdied No. 5 and No. 6 and was at 1-under-par through 14 holes. However, he wasn't happy with how he played either day.

"If could have (the last two days) back, it would be great," he said. "I hit the ball horrible, I was in bad spots the whole time, and my scrambling wasn't good. At least I didn't miss any short putts, but it was a rough week. It was tough to score.

"(Winning a state title) was definitely my goal, and it was disappointing not to win, but it was a great experience."

Smyser said it was difficult for Sublette to handle not playing his best for the last two holes.

"He had high expectations, and he may have missed some of his goals, but they were set pretty high," Smyser said. "There were a lot of emotions out there for him. In the end, he put two really good rounds together. He finished fourth (as a senior) and fifth (as a junior) at the state tournament and helped Palmyra get two trophies. His legacy is pretty impressive."

South Shelby's Kanon Kendrick shot back-to-back rounds of 80 and finished in a three-way tie for eighth place at the Class 1 state tournament at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. He was eight strokes behind champion Jett Simmons from Gallatin.

Kendrick said Monday that he struggled from the tee box. He fixed that problem on Tuesday, but he struggled around the green.

"I had a lot of putts, and the chipping got me too," Kendrick said. "I didn't have both parts of my game either day. That's what killed me.

"I could have played better, but if someone had told me Monday I would shoot 80 both days and take eighth, I'd have been OK with that."

Remington Feldewerth of Louisiana shot 87-88--175 to finish in a four-way tie for 21st place.

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