LAWRENCE, Kan. — In the end, all that was left to decide is which Indian Hills golfer would be able to call themselves the individual district champion.
Not only did the Warrior golfers clinch a berth in the NJCAA Division I Men’s National Golf Tournament, but did so by bringing home some postseason hardware. IHCC put together three consistent rounds at the District III Championships with rounds of 301, 300 and 301 to beat out Hutchinson by 17 shots with a 902 total at the tough Alvamar County Club course.
“We played this course a few years ago when we won the national tournament. That team never shot lower than 304 in any round in this tournament that year,” Hagen said. “It was raining all day, but I thought we were going to put together an epic round. The wind started to pick up a little, but the guys hung on to post a solid final round.”
The Warriors not only distanced themselves from the rest of the District III field as a team, but distanced themselves individually by claiming four of the five top spots on the leaderboard to earn spots on the All-District team.
“I don’t think a lot of people gave us our due or really knew what we had at the beginning of the year,” Hagen said. “We were a little lower in the rankings until the fall when we played so well at our home tournament and in the national preview. I couldn’t be so proud of the guys for the way they’ve played all season to this point.”
Two of those IHCC players to earn all-district honors, Colin Pearson and George Trujillo, ended up staying out on the course for one more hole as the two ended tournament with identical scores of 224. With individual district championship honors on the line, Pearson completed a comeback from as far back as five shots off the lead after the first round to meet medalist with a birdie on the first playoff hole.