SPRINGFIELD — Seneca’s Caleb Garcia tied for 10th in the Class 2 state tournament Tuesday at the Rivercut Golf Course.
Garcia and Versailles’ Ori Bartlett each shot 22-over par 166 for the two-day event — Garcia carded a 12-over 84 on the first day and a 10-over 82 on the second.
St. Pius X’s Cole Elling won the individual sweepstakes with a 2-over 146, highlighted by a 2-under 70 on the first day, and St. Pius X won the team championship with a collective 678, eight strokes better than Whitfield.
Garcia qualified for state by shooting an 8-over 79 last week at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Versailles.
Garcia’s first step toward state came when he finished sixth at districts.
Garcia’s 10th place marks the best state finish for a Seneca golfer since Bradley Jumper tied for sixth in Class 2 in 2013. Jumper won a Big 8 Conference title and parlayed his success into joining men’s golf at Missouri Southern. He’s now the Assistant Golf Professional at the Shangri-la Golf Club in Monkey Island (Oklahoma).
Mark Schupp (Missouri Golf Tour) had this to say about Rivercut in his review: “This is a very special course. The really surprising thing is that this course is in a smaller market. And, even more surprising is that Rivercut Municipal Golf Course is a municipal course, owned and managed by the city of Springfield, MO. Not surprising is that Golf Digest named Rivercut Municipal Golf Course the top municipal course in Missouri.”
Team results: St. Pius X 678, Whitfield 686, Father Tolton 697, Eldon 705, Palmyra 715, Kennett 730, California 735, Willow Springs 789.