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Area golfers finish strong at state tourney

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Watching it go. Jacob Fair earned All-State honors with his two-day performance at the state golf tournament on Monday and Tuesday. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) hosted the Class 1 through Class 4 state golf tournament championships in the Springfield area on Monday and Tuesday.

Three area golfers, Jacob Fair, Monett; Evan White, Cassville; and Phillip Roller, Purdy, qualified at their districts and sectional tournaments for the right to compete at the annual state event.

In Class 3, at Rivercut in Springfield, Fair finished in 12th place shooting an even-par on Monday and a five-over-par 77 on Tuesday.

"It wasn't exactly the finish I was looking for at state," said Fair. "My round consisted of hitting my driver well, chipping on the green and then two-putting to the hole. It was frustrating."

Fair hit 13 of 18 greens in his opening round and consistently outdrove his flight by more than 50 yards on the second day. Fair proved on multiple occasions that you don't have to be a big person to drive the ball 300 yards.

"I felt good through the first three holes," said Fair. "I missed a couple of close birdie opportunities early on and realized it was going to be a long day. I tried to enjoy my last nine holes and took some time to reflect on my high school career."

Republic's Dylan Bekemeier, a sophomore, won the Class 3 individual title with a combined two-day score of 140. Bekemeier recorded a 72 on Monday and a final round four-under-par 68. Matthew Brunger, of Westminster Christian Academy, was second with a 145 (72,73) and Adam Lechner also tied for second with a 145 (75,70).

Even though Fair was disappointed in his play, he still earned All-State honors for his work on the links.

"I'll miss the local support I have received and hanging out with my friends the most," said Fair. "I know that I still have a lot of golf to play."

Evan White

Cassville's White recorded a 154 (79,75) in the two-day state tournament and finished 20th in the 91-person golfing field.

"I hit the ball better today and felt more confident from the first tee on," said White. "I played my best round ever at state and it feels good to go out on that note."

White, a three-time state tournament qualifier, improved upon his 170- stroke performance at last year's tournament performance at Silo Ridge in Bolivar.

"I made more putts this year," said White. "Having a year to grow and mature really helped."

Phillip Roller

A junior at Purdy, Roller earned All-State honors in the Class 1 tournament at Fremont Hills Country Club in Nixa.

Roller finished 15th overall with a 167 (86,81) on the par 71 course.

"I felt good about my round today," said Roller. "I was able to hit some putts and minimize bad decisions. I hit four birdies which helped tremendously."

John Beykirch, of Sacred Heart, was the Class 1 tournament medalist with a 153 (79,74). Trevor Cooley, of Drexel, (82,73) and Jared Dey, of Sacred Heart (78,77) shared second place with a 155.

"I know I have a lot of work to do between now and next season," said Roller. "The key for me is to play every day and work at getting better."

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