WAMEGO — One year after his greatest disappointment, McPherson High’s Jacob Lackey celebrated his greatest achievement.
Lackey, who was expected to make the state golf tournament last year but one bad hole kept him from advancing, shot a lights-out 69 on Wednesday at the Class 4A Regional Tournament to win medalist honors.
He’ll be joined at state next week in Ulysses by teammate Casey Cheek, who qualified as a medalist with an 83.
“Jacob played a great round,” MHS coach Kurt Kinnamon said. “He hit very few drivers and was able to keep the ball in play. Casey also managed his game very well and it is good he just kept working this year.”
Lackey’s 69 was five shots clear of runner-up Parker Waters of Wamego. Only five players broke 80, which shows the greatness of Lackey’s round.
It was heart-breaking for MHS as a team as it missed qualifying by two strokes. Wamego rode a home-course advantage to the team title with a 316, while Buhler was the other qualifier with 336. MHS shot 338.
CJ Steiner just missed qualifying as he shot an 85, one stroke away from making the trip.
Other MHS scores were Kaden Warren (101), Colton Geren (102) and Drew Pyle (106).