The feeling may not have set in right now, but for the St. Mary’s-Colgan boy’s golf team, it does not take away from the excitement.

The feeling may not have set in right now, but for the St. Mary’s-Colgan boy’s golf team, it does not take away from the excitement.
The Panthers came out and won the Class 2A state golf tournament on Wednesday by 10 strokes over WaKeeney-Trego Community at the Salina Municipal Golf Course after having every member of the team earn a state medal by placing in the top 20.
It marks the first state boy’s golf title for Colgan since 1996 and the first for seniors Charlie Sloan, Will Hudson and Chas Smith.
“It is an accomplishment” said Colgan golf coach Ed Martin. “I challenged the kids at the athletic banquet. I wanted to set a new school record, win the league, win regionals and win state and we did all of that.”
Sloan ended his senior campaign with a 7-over 79 in rainy and windy conditions throughout the day.
“It is huge,” Sloan said. “It really feels like my first state title.”
Sloan won a state title with the Panther boy’s basketball team in 2008.
“I had a role on that team but I only played about 4 minutes a game,” Sloan said. “Coming in as a senior on this team, I feel like I had to take charge today.”
Sophomore Kelley Thompson finished sixth after winning a 5-person, 2-hole playoff. He was one shot back of Sloan with an 80.
“I was nervous at first but, after I hit my first shot that went away,” Thompson said.
It is the first state title for Thompson.
“I really don’t know if there is any other feeling,” Thompson said. “It is just unbelievable.”
Hudson carded an 81 and finished 11th and junior Thomas VanBecelaere had an 83 to place 14th. Smith also shot an 83 and finished 17th. Anthony Ison rounded out the Panthers’ placers by finishing 20th with an 86.
“It feels like there is a big weight off our shoulders,” Smith said. “We all played good golf today.”
Smith drained a 40-foot birdie putt for the last shot of his career.
While the course did play “tough” that did not seem to faze the Panthers.
“I shot a 37 on the front and blew up a little bit on the back but, I feel pretty good about it,” VanBecelaere said.
Regardless of agreeing that they did not play their best golf, the Panthers have no issue with hoisting a state trophy for the first time in 13 years.
“It was not the best that I could play but, I will take it and I will take a state championship,” Sloan said.

Lamborn medals at 3A
WICHITA — Frontenac freshman Colton Lamborn earned his first state medal on Tuesday after placing 20th at the Class 3A state golf tournament at Wichita’s Tallgrass Country Club.
Lamborn tied with Kansas City Christian’s Nathan McKenzie and Hillsboro’s Daniel Kunantaev with a 15-over 86 on the day.
Sterling golfer Michael Gellerman took individual honors with a 1-under 70 and Wichita Collegiate won the team title by 23 strokes over Kansas City Christian.
Lamborn’s teammate, sophomore Kolter Krumsick, tied with Erie’s Preston Page finished in 35th with a 19-over 90 on the day.

Barone fifth at state
CHENEY — Austin Barone, a freshman at Seabury Academy and grandson of Frontenac’s Jim and Donita Barone, carded an 80 to place fifth at the Class 1A state golf tournament Tuesday at Cherry Oaks Golf Course in Cheney.
Austin Barone shot a 42 on the front nine holes and roared back with a 38 on the back side. He placed second out of six golfers in a playoff of all golfers that shot an 80 for the tournament.