Thayer Central defended its state title last week as the Titan golf team claimed the Class D championship for the second year in a row. Class D golf was nonexistant until 2008 and Thayer Central is the first golf team to repeat as champions since its inception.
The Titans scored 666 in the two-day tourney to win the trophy. Overton finished second with 679. Thayer Central juniors Jay Cottam and Ben Baden led the charge golfing 150 and 158 respectively for second and fifth place overall.
Cottam’s runner-up finish came on a playoff for first place where he fell to Humprey-St. Francis player Trevor Kosch after the two went head-to-head on the 17th hole, a par five. Cottam parred the hole while Kosch shot birdie placing the Titan junior in second place for the tournament. Cottam shot par (71) on the first day, but ran into a couple of troublesome holes on the second day finishing eight over. Over the total 36 holes in both days, Cottam had one eagle (hole 14 on day one), birdied four holes and parred 20 holes to lead the Titans.
Baden improved his game by eight strokes on the second day to finish fifth overall. The Titan golfed 83-75 over the two-day tourney. For his 36 holes, Baden birdied two and parred 21 to finish with a 158.
Rounding out the Titan squad were juniors Thomas Feulner (87-89-176) and Caleb Krupicka (91-91-182) and senior Jacob Kniep (103-107-210).
Scoring for the top five teams included: Thayer Central 666, Overton 679, Bancroft-Rosalie 680, Fullerton 702, Hartington 706.
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