Pirates sending 3 to state golf championship

Platte County will send three golfers to the state championship for the first time since 2014.

The Pirates took three to the Class 3 Sectional 4 meet on Monday, May 6 at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course and all three shot low enough to advance to the state championships slated for May 13-14 in Columbia, Mo.

“It was an exciting day for the Platte County golf team,” Pirates coach Trevor Short said. “We knew it was going to be close with the scores but not as close as what it turned out to be. The boys worked hard all season putting in extra time and accomplished a major goal that they set for themselves earlier this year.”

Logan Hessemyer will go to state for the third straight year after shooting an 11-over 83 and taking 10th place. Both Blake Minyard and Brady Wright shot 89 to earn the final qualifying spots to Columbia. 

Minyard and Wright will be first-time qualifiers for the Pirates. 

In 2014, the Pirates took Matt Madill, Chase Beamer and Nick Bartelli to the state meet. 

NUGENT PHOTOGRAPHY/Special to the Citizen  Brady Wright, left, tees off during the Class 3 Sectional 4 meet on Monday, May 6 in Excelsior Springs.

NUGENT PHOTOGRAPHY/Special to the Citizen

Brady Wright, left, tees off during the Class 3 Sectional 4 meet on Monday, May 6 in Excelsior Springs.

The two teams that will represent the Kansas City area will be Pembroke Hill and Warrensburg. Pembroke Hill won the sectional crown by shooting 326, 10 strokes better than Warrensburg. Smithville, which won the Suburban Conference Blue Division championship and the Class 3 District 8, title took third place but will have a team score at the state meet with four qualifiers.