Sacred Heart, Herrenbruck win MHS Invite titles

By Steve Sell
April 11, 2017
Kendall Shaw

Forget about being the best golf team in Class 2A — that's a given.

The Sacred Heart Knights might have the best team in any class in Kansas.

The Knights were the second-smallest school in the McPherson Invitational field on Monday, but left their opponents in the Turkey Creek dust.

The Knights shot a commendable 303 to win by 15 strokes over Class 4A power Hays, with Class 5A Arkansas City way back in third with a 345.

Herrenbruck and Herrenbruck sounds like a future law firm, but on this day it was the brother tandem of Grant and Tate that stood above the rest as they finished 1-2 in the medalist race.

Grant Herrenbruck matched par at 70 and little brother Tate was next with a 74 to lead the Knights. For good measure, the Knights' Cole Elmore was seventh with a 78 and Quentin Shaw was 11th with an 81.

Grant Herrenbruck shot 35 on both sides despite having a double bogey on both at Nos. 5 and 13. The long bomber had three birdies and an eagle on his round as he drove the 17th green on the par-4 hole and made the putt.

"This course, when it's windy, is definitely harder around the greens," Herrenbruck said. "Usually the greens are pretty firm and the wind has a big-time effect on them. The chip shots here are pretty tough because the greens are so undulated."

Herrenbruck said a key was making par on the par-5 No. 9 hole after he hit his tee ball into the water. After his penalty drop, he knocked it on the green and two-putted for par. 

He was 3-over-par on the back nine until making a birdie at the 16th, then followed with his eagle on No. 17.

Tate Herrenbruck, a smaller version of his older brother, shot rounds of 38-36 for his 74.

For McPherson High standout Jacob Lackey, it was some wild-and-crazy stuff.

Lackey started off 5-over-par after three holes as he started on No. 12, but made a birdie at No. 16 and eagle at No. 17, eventually shooting 37 on the back nine. He double-bogeyed two of his first three holes on the front nine and finished with a 41 for a 78 total, which gave him sixth place. His round included three balls out of bounds and two balls in the water for eight penalty strokes total.

MHS was eighth out of the 13 teams in the field. 

Other Bullpup scores were Drew Labertew (97), Kyler Hoppes (101), Colten Geren (107), Hayes Schmid (110) and Jace Kinnamon (117).

MHS is back in action today at Newton.

• Team Scores •

1. Sacred Heart, 303

2. Hays, 318

3. Arkansas City, 345

4. Sterling, 346

5. Salina South, 350

6. Winfield, 371 (won tiebreaker)

7. Derby, 371

8. McPherson, 383

9. Hutchinson, 384 (won tiebreaker)

10. El Dorado, 384

11. Newton, 397

12. Great Bend, 400

13. St. John, 410

• Medalists •

1. Grant Herrenbruck, Sacred Heart, 70

2. Tate Herrenbruck, Sacred Heart, 74

3. Josh Norris, Hays, 75

4. Kelby Titus, Great Bend, 76

5. Max Ontjes, Hutchinson, 77

6. Jacob Lackey, McPherson, 78 (won tiebreaker)

7. Cole Elmore, Sacred Heart, 78

8. Tradgon McCrae, Hays, 79 (won tiebreaker)

9. Kayden Steiner, Arkansas City, 79

10. Allen Zollinger, Hays, 80

11. Quentin Shaw, Sacred Heart, 81

12. Josh Reed, Salina South, 83 (won tiebreaker)

13. Mikey Kelly, Campus, 83

14. Tanner Randall, Winfield, 84 (won tiebreaker)

15. James McNutt, Sterling, 84