Despite putting woes, Platte County's Madill headed back to state golf

Matt Madill found himself on the right side of the cut line this year.

In a tight finish, the Platte County senior qualified for the Class 3 Missouri State Golf Championships despite struggling with the putter Tuesday, May 10. He finished in a tie for 19th in the Class 3 Sectional 4 tournament held at Cardinal Hill Golf Course in Liberty, Mo.

Madill shot a 12-over 82 with the individual cut coming at 83. The top two teams and the next 12 individuals including ties for players not on the automatic qualifiers advance to state.

For the round, Madill hit 13 fairways and 13 greens in regulation but totaled 38 putts. He finished bogey, double bogey and bogey to end up right in the danger zone of missing the cut.

The adventurous round proved good enough to head back to state for the second time in three years. As a sophomore, Madill placed in a tie for 85th at state, but last year, he missed the cut at sectionals by one stroke. 

Madill hopes to become Platte County’s third state medalist next week and first since 2002.
Platte County’s Gary Hennessy placed in a tie for 28th in his first sectional appearance. He was a surprise qualifier out of District 8 competition a week earlier.