Competing in his first state tournament, West Central Area sophomore golfer Matt Wagner finished in a tie for 71st.
He carded a score of 93 on day one, then fired an 84 on day two.
His day two score would have allowed him to move up in the standings, but bad weather forced the delay, then the cancellation of day two, leaving the day one scores as the official standings in the State Class A boys’ golf tournament.
“On Wednesday, he [Wagner] played better than his score indicates,” said Knight coach Kraig Hunter. “He hit the ball pretty well, but missed in a few bad places. Golf can be cruel that way. You can be moving along well and one hole can get you.
“Matt played well,” said Hunter of Wagner’s round on Thursday. “He parred six holes on the front nine and every hole was a mental challenge with strong winds.
“He got one triple bogey and two double bogeys for a front nine of 43. On the back nine, he parred seven holes, with one bogey, and, on one hole, he got a quadruple bogey. Other than that hole, it was a great finish for a 41.
“We are very proud of how Matt bounced back and how he mentally hung in there in the strong winds,” he added. “Matt represented WCA well at that state tournament by showing great sportsmanship and fortitude. Like they say about golf, ‘Most things you have to deal with in life, you can learn on the golf course.’ That is true as you have good breaks and bad breaks, but you have to press on.”