On Tuesday, White Hall boys golf coach Rieke Stewart said all his guys haven’t been able to shoot well on the same day this season. On Wednesday, the final act of the script played out just like all the others.
As a whole the Bulldogs didn’t do as well as expected, but two individuals did well enough to earn all-state honors at the 5A boys state golf tournament at Pine Bluff Country Club.
Junior David Norwood and senior Jeffrey Manning shot 78 and 80, respectively, to finish in the top 15 percent of the 70 posted scores.
“It feels good,” Norwood said. “I got all-conference, too, over at Hope.
“So I’m really happy I got that, too.”
Manning said he was glad he closed out his high school career by making all-state.
“It feels great,” he said. “It’s great to know I can go out as a senior knowing you made all-state.”
Hot Springs Lakeside won the team title with a 318, Little Rock Christian finished runner-up with a 321, Harrison finished five strokes back at 323, Shiloh Christian placed fourth with a score of 325 and White Hall finished fifth with a team score of 332.
“Like I said (Tuesday), I thought if we shot in the 320s we’d be right up there,” Stewart said. “But it’s just the same story.
“We just don’t all play good at the same time.”
Wynne finished ninth overall, but did boast the tournament’s medalist in junior Carson Stewart, who shot a 1-under-par 70 to win by four strokes.
“I played pretty good,” he said. “I had one bad hole (No. 6), but I recovered to finish even-par on the front and 1-under on the back.”
Because he finished in the top three, Stewart advances to the overall state tournament at Pleasant Valley Country Club. The other two representatives were determined by a sudden-death playoff.
Lakeside juniors Cameron McRae and Chandler Cain, as well as Shiloh Christian freshman Kyle Robinson shot four-over-par 74s.
All three parred the first playoff hole. Cain was eliminated on the second after Robinson and McRae birdied the hole. McRae, who said he also made it to the overall state tournament last year, then birdied the third playoff hole to finish as runner-up medalist.
McRae recovered from a three-putt on the first playoff hole to sink a 54-foot birdie putt on the second before sinking a 10-foot birdie putt to win the playoff.
“I started off really hot,” McRae said of his first 18 holes. “Then I started leaving my driver left and right and the course really tore me up.
“So it didn’t go how I planned, but it worked out.”
Someone whose day didn’t work out as well was Watson Chapel’s Regin Reginio. The junior was under the weather, so much so that he didn’t even play a practice round on Tuesday.
Even still, Reginio, who won an Arkansas Association of Christian Schools state title when he was a freshman at St. Joseph Christian, finished with an 88 good enough for a tie for 30th.
“I did terrible,” Reginio said. “Early on, I knew I wasn’t going to do well.
“I felt tired out there and my putting was off.”
Asked if getting to practice his putting on Tuesday with the pin locations would have made a difference, Reginio said, “We’ll never know.”
After his round, White Hall Jake McNulty felt physically better than Reginio but mentally they probably felt about the same after he also struggled to finish with an 88. McNulty even got a ball stuck in a tree on No. 4 (his 13th hole after starting on the back nine).
“I started off OK,” the junior said. “I was just going birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey.
“I couldn’t get anything consistent going.”
Teammate Jase Wilson, on the other hand, said he felt pretty good after shooting an 86 to tie for 25th place.
“I feel like I should of shot better,” the senior said. “I played pretty good, though.”
Wilson and Manning may not have been able to win a state title in their high school careers, but on Wednesday they made memories that will last a lifetime.
“It’s kind of sad that it’s the last time I can play golf for my high school,” Manning said. “Hopefully, I did my school proud.”
5A boys state golf tournament
Pine Bluff Country Club
Team scores • Par 284
1. Hot Springs Lakeside 318
2. Little Rock Christian 321
3. Harrison 323
4. Shiloh Christian 325
5. White Hall 332
6. Alma 341
7. Greene County Tech 357
8. Pulaski Academy 364
9. Wynne 366
10. Magnolia 384
11. Sylvan Hills 403
12. Paragould 410
Individual scores (Top 10) • Par 71
1. Carson Stewart (Wynne) 70
2. Cameron McRae (HS Lakeside) 74*
3. Kyle Robinson (Shiloh Christian) 74
4. Chandler Cain (HS Lakeside) 74^
tie-5. David Norwood (White Hall) 78
tie-5. Jackson Marseilles (Harrison) 78
tie-7. Jake Badovinac (Harrison) 79
tie-7. Win Johnson (LR Christian) 79
tie-9. Andrew Mayes (LR Christian) 80
tie-9. Jeffrey Manning (White Hall) 80
tie-9. Hayden Proctor (LR Christian) 80
tie-9. Cole Stoecklein (Shiloh Christian) 80
* — won on third playoff hole
^ — eliminated on second playoff hole
Other local scores
tie-25. Jase Wilson (White Hall) 86
tie-30. Jake McNulty (White Hall) 88
tie-30. Regin Reginio (Watson Chapel) 88
tie-42. Nic Acosta (White Hall) 92