Park Hill South's Owen grabs all-state golf honors

Park Hill South’s Tanner Owen continued to play the best golf of his high school career and netted his first all-state honors in the process. He finished sixth in the Class 4 Missouri State Golf Championships earlier this week at Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia, Mo.The Nebraska University commit carded a 5-over 145 total in two rounds played Monday and Tuesday, May 18-19, just one stroke out of a four-way tie for second. “It feels good,” said Owen, a junior and three-time state qualifier who missed all-state status (top 15) by six strokes each of the past two years. “I finished one stroke back of second and a couple off of winning the thing. In my mind, I thought I was close. I’m just glad that I got the all-state for the first time.”

Owen made several lengthy putts to save par in the second round after not hitting many greens in regulation. Entering tied for fifth after a 2-over 72 in the first round, he needed just 27 putts to shoot 3-over Tuesday.

A double bogey on the 18th hole of the opening round ended up proving costly. Glendale’s Baron Weaver shot a 1-over 141 to claim the championship.

“You go into the second day, and he was clearly in contention,” Park Hill South coach Tracy Mangels said. “You see what’s out there to take from the golf course. It doesn’t surprise me all that he got state honors. He has the ability to go out and win the thing.”

Park Hill sophomore Kris Snodgrass made his first trip to the state finals and carded a 82-88—170, tying him for 80th place.

Class 3 Missouri State Golf Championships

Platte County’s Adam Muehlebach recovered from an opening 100 to card a nine-over 81 in the second round at Silo Ridge Golf Club in Bolivar, Mo. His two-day total of 181 earned him a tie for 82nd place.

The only qualifier for a successful Platte County team, Muehlebach went to state for the first time after missing the cut by three strokes as a junior. Four golfers for the Pirates reached sectionals again this year, allowing them to compete, as a team but only Muehlebach advanced as an individual.

Last season, Matt Madill, Chase Beamer and Nick Bartelli — the other three repeat sectional qualifiers — made it to state. Madill is the lone junior in the group, which includes three seniors.