SM East takes second in state golf tourney at Meadowbrook Country Club

Connor Knabe was the Lancers’ top finisher on the day.

It was one of the SM East boys golf team’s worst outings of the season. And it was still good enough for second place in the state.

The Lancers on Monday played host to 11 teams and additional individual competitors from across the state at Meadowbrook Golf Course for the Kansas 6A tournament, an event that attracted approximately 500 spectators — and a bevy of compliments, even after two delays on account of weather.

“I heard nothing but good things,” said SM East coach Ermanno Ritschl of reaction to the event. “Everybody was really pleased with the course — it was fair, it was playable and it was in great condition.”

Still, the joys of hosting the event in Prairie Village were dampened by the team’s 306 stroke performance —their second-highest round of the year.

“We had won eight tournaments in a row coming in to state,” Ritschl said. “So, yes, we’re disappointed. Our goal was to win.”

Team leaders Chase Hanna and Connor Knabe shot 76 and 73 in regulation play, respectively. Knabe had the Lancers lowest round of the day, good enough for sixth place overall after a three-way playoff for fourth, fifth and sixth places. Hanna, who double bogied his final hole, finished eighth overall.

Blue Valley West took first overall in the tournament with a team score of 300. The Lancers barely edged third place finished Washburn Rural, which had a team score of 307. Andrew Beckler of Washburn Rural won the individual competition after beating teammate Josh Wright in a playoff (both shot 71 in regulation).