REPUBLIC - At the Class 3 prep state golf championship, Jacob Fair's sizzling second round for par 71 at the Island Green Golf Course leapfrogged the Monett sophomore 11 places to finish tied for fifth.
Fair overcame a 77 on Monday with a calculated approach on Tuesday.
"Monday was rough," he said after completing the tournament on Tuesday. "I came up short. I didn't hit the greens. I was missing with my wedges."
The situation called for self-correction, so in the midst of the title competition, Fair tapped into his work ethic by going to the driving range before his second round Tuesday.
"I started thinking about a swing change. I was too far back, so I moved forward for steeper swing," Fair said.
"I was tied for 16th yesterday and knew I'd have to put up some numbers to go top five. Today, I was under the radar -- no pressure," Fair added.
After establishing himself as a freshman last year by coming in 27th at the state tournament, Fair's goal this year was breaking into the upper echelon.
His bogey start Tuesday echoed the performance of his first round Monday, but he turned it around for a terrific finish. The stumble reminded him of his favorite round this year at Shiloh Ridge in Bolivar, when a bogie started off that round as well, before he finished with a 69.
"It seems like when you begin with something silly, it goes good after that," said Fair.
His top five finish automatically earned him All-State honors.
Kevin Bell and Kevin VandeKamp, both of team champion Westminster Christian Academy, shared the gold medal with a 145. Cy Moritz, of Owensville, was third with a 146, Ryan Zech, of Kearney, placed fourth with a 147 and Fair's 148 for fifth was duplicated by Andrew Marks, of Warrensburg.
Monett teammates Kennon Cox, a senior, came in with a 170, and Devin Steward, a junior, had a 179 in their state golf tournament appearances this week.
|In the Class 2 state championship at Bolivar, Pierce City's Garrett Garman shot a 172.|
Sam Deitte, of Lutheran St. Peters, won with 148. Whitfield claimed the team competition.
In Class 1, at Rivercut in Springfield, Purdy's Phillip Roller had a 183 and Brady Wormington came in with a 202.
Derek Hawkins of Tarkio won with a 154. Sacred Heart earned the team title.