[By Steve Carpenter]
Hutchinson CC Sports Information
NEWTON, Kan – The Hutchinson Community College men’s golf team put a stranglehold in the chase for the 2019 Jayhawk Conference championship on Tuesday.
The No. 7-ranked Blue Dragons survived tough scoring conditions on Tuesday at Sand Creek Station and won Jayhawk No. 2, the second of three league-designated tournaments, by a narrow margin over Dodge City.
Winners of the first two league-designated tournaments this season, the Blue Dragons lead the team season standings with 16 points, two points ahead of Dodge City and five points over Garden City and Barton. The Blue Dragons look to clinch their first league crown since 2016 at the 54-hole Jayhawk Championship next Monday and Tuesday at Crestview Country Club in Wichita.
Led by Jayhawk No. 2 individual champion Charlie Crockett, the Blue Dragons shot a 306 on Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole total of 913. Dodge City shot 305 on Tuesday and finished with 915.
Crockett was the only player on Tuesday to record a score of even par. The battled through a double bogey and errant tee shot on No. 9 – Crockett scored a bogey – to finish with a 72. The Blue Dragons also counted 78s from Charlie Herbert, Peyton Austin and Nathan McColloch to post its 306 on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s team victory is the third tournament championship of the 2018-19 season for the Blue Dragons.
Crockett wound up shooting one-under par for the tournament with a 54-hole total of 215. Crockett won his second tournament of the season – he also won the Park Invitational individual title in October – and moved into first place in the Jayhawk Conference individual standings with 17.5 points. He has a two-point lead over Dodge City’s Danny Taggart entering next week’s Jayhawk Championship.
Crockett was the only player to play the entire tournament under par. He won Jayhawk No. 2 by six strokes over individual runner-up Jake Bay of Garden City.
Hutchinson had five players place in the Top 12 on Tuesday.
Liam DeBatissta finished third overall at seven-over 223. DeBatissta, who was playing as an individual for the Blue Dragons, shot a 74, which tied for the second-lowest score in the round on Tuesday. DeBatissta jumped into sixth place in the season standings with eight points.
Austin earned a second-straight conference Top 10 finish with a tie for sixth place. Austin finished at 227 and picked up 4.5 points in the team standings. Austin is ninth with 5.5 points.
Herbert placed eighth at Jayhawk No. 2 with a 229. Herbert is now 12th in the conference standings with three points.
Lake Leroux, playing as an individual, tied for 11th after a 76 on Tuesday and finished at 233. Leroux is tied for 10th in the Jayhawk player standings with 4.5 points, which he scored at Jayhawk No. 1.
McCulloch finished 22nd with a 242. Freshman Max Ontjes finished with a 79 on Tuesday and tied for 32nd at 252.