Swather golfers eye 3A state title on home course Tuesday

By Steve Sell
May 24, 2015
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The Kansas State High School Activities Association knows a good thing when it sees one.

On Tuesday, Hesston Golf Park will be the site of the Class 3A State Tournament, the 20th time it has been chosen to host.

A field of 102 players will use split tees, as golfers go off on both Nos. 1 and 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Fittingly, the Hesston Swathers will be in the field. They finished second in the state last year, though some key members of that team graduated, including state runner-up Titus Ewart and fifth-place finisher Matt Thayne. 

Hesston will be led by Jack Barnhart, who is expected to be among the top players in the field. He took 13th in the state meet last year at Cheney and playing on his home course Tuesday, he’s expected to be in the Top 10.

Other Hesston participants are Cole Seltzer, Tanner Bachman, Jordan Roth, Trey Denno and Andrew Frazier.

Wichita Collegiate is favored to defend the championship it won by 15 strokes last year. The Spartans are led by two standouts, defending champion Ian Trebilcock and Camron Chugg, who was third at state last year. Chugg will be in the day’s featured pairing at 10:30 a.m. off No. 1 and will be joined by Sterling’s Nick Schissler, Caney’s Troy Watson and Scott City’s Marshal Hutchins. Trebilcock will be in the 10 a.m. pairing along with Hesston’s Barnhart.

A team to watch could be Sterling, which won its regional last week and has played well all year. 

Other teams in the field at Seneca-Nemaha Central, Rossville, Burlington, Pomona, Fredonia, Eureka, Phillipsburg, Cimarron and Cheney.