Maleta, Grube qualify for State 4A golf
Area golfers will be making their way to state competition Monday.
Basehor-Linwood seniors Craig Maleta and John Grube qualified in Class 4A, while Bonner Springs sophomore Jeremy Krug will compete in 5A play.
The Bobcats duo of Maleta and Grube each shot a 6-over-par 76 in the 4A regional at Holton Country Club. Maleta won on the second playoff hole to place seventh, while Grube finished 11th.
Basehor-Linwood missed out on sending the six-team squad to State by four strokes, settling for a fourth-place finish. Kaw Valley League rival Piper won the event with a team score of 297, while Holton, who hosted the 4A regional, took runner-up honors with a 306. Lansing missed advancing to state by one stroke, shooting 307.
Maleta nearly missed making the field after hitting his tee shot out of bounds on No. 18. However, Maleta used an 8-iron from the box, placing the ball within a foot of the cup. Even after the bogey, the senior was not confident that he made the cut.
"When I saw John come in with a 76, with no one else close, then I thought we had a chance," Maleta said.
Three birdies on the front nine helped Grube to a even-par 35, but his game dropped on the final nine holes.
"I kind of hacked it up on the back, but I'm still happy with a 76," Grube said. "This is the goal for the year. I wish the team could have gone, but this is still nice."
Krug shot an 83 at Sunflower Hills Golf Course to qualify for the 5A State tournament in Independence, Kan. The Braves' sophomore finished seven strokes off the lead for a fifth-place finish.
Bishop Miege, Topeka West and Topeka Seaman advanced to state competition. Bonner Springs finished in fifth with a 350 score.
For the Braves, the program has a reason to smile for next year. "The Braves look to be in good shape for next year with all players returning," Bonner Springs head coach Bob Chatterton said.
Sunflower Hills will be hosting the 4A state event Monday, which places Maleta and Grube in familiar territory. Basehor-Linwood practices twice a week at Sunflower.
"I hope that helps us, because that really gives us a shot at doing well there," Grube said. "We'll practice the rest of this week and see what happens Monday."
Class 4A Regional
At Holton Country Club (par 70)
Team results 1. Piper, 297; 2. Holton, 306; 3. Lansing, 307; 4. Basehor-Linwood, 310; 5. Atchison, 317; 6. Jefferson West, 344; 7. Hiawatha, 347; 8. Atchison-Maur Hill, 354; 9. Perry-Lecompton, 365. Sumner Academy did not field a full team.
State qualifiers 1. John Korosac, Piper, 70; 2. David Jackson, Lansing, 71; 3. Ryan Edwards, Lansing, 72; 4. (Jacob Gay, Holton; 5. Stan Wiehe, Piper, 74; 6. Robert Wilson, Holton, 75; 7. Craig Maleta, Basehor-Linwood; Kyle Sipe, Holton; Jon Kujawa, Atchison; Jeff Clark, Piper; John Grube, Basehor-Linwood, 76. Basehor-Linwood individuals Colby Kooser, 77; Brad Racki, 81; Billy Hashman, 91; Andy Hannon, 109.
Class 5A Regional
At Sunflower Hills Golf Course (par 72)
Team results 1. Bishop Miege, 320; 2. Topeka West, 332; 3. Topeka Seaman, 338; 4. KC-Turner, 344; 5. Bonner Springs, 350; Topeka-Highland Park and KC-Washington did not field a full team.
State qualifiers 1. Chris Mabry, Bishop Miege, 76; 2. Mitch Reed, Topeka West, 77; 3. Brian Kane, Bishop Miege, 80; 4. (tie) Scott Boren, Bishop Miege; Reid Hash, Topeka Seaman, 81; 6. (tie) Jeremy Krug, Bonner Springs; Austin Miller, Turner; Nick Johnson, Bishop Miege, 83; 9. (tie) Tommy Hilgardner, Turner; Matt Hein, Topeka West; Jeremy Ortega, Topeka Seaman, 84.
Bonner Springs individuals Jack Holtzen, 87; Aaron Mills, 89; Todd VanDerpool, 91; Kenny Hurley, 94.