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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Kirby fires scorching 67 to take title by five

  • On a sweltering morning at Mariah Hills Golf Course, young golfers from across the western portion of the state poured in for one last chance at glory before the state Sectional tournament in a month.

    The kids from Dodge City showed them all why Mariah Hills is their course.


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  • On a sweltering morning at Mariah Hills Golf Course, young golfers from across the western portion of the state poured in for one last chance at glory before the state Sectional tournament in a month.
         The kids from Dodge City showed them all why Mariah Hills is their course.
         Leading the way was senior Zach Kirby from Dodge, who won the event for the 16 and older age division with a blistering round of 4-under, 67. He carded five birdies against one bogey to win the division by five strokes.
         Not far behind were teammates Levi Bone and Brad Hutton, who both fired rounds of 74 to tie for third overall. On a day custom built for scoring, the field sure showed how to get around a challenging track as the temperature reached triple digits.
         "It was a pretty good day to score on, there was hardly any wind and the greens were very fast and very smooth," said Dodge City head coach Jim Mapel. "I figured we'd se some great scores today, and we did. Basically every kid that played from Dodge City today did well. It was a good day for golf and the customs were ripe for good scores."
         As for other Red Demon golfers in different divisions, Zach Norton and Jace Larson each shot 75, and Brayden Winans came home with a 77. With their performances, Bone, Kirby and Larson all qualify for the KJGA Sectional State tournament, which will be held in Emporia July 17 and 18.
         The Sectional tournament will be comprised of the six different sections from the KJGA, as the kids will not only be competing individually, but as a unit as well. The section with the lowest score will be considered the state champion of youth golf for the summer.
         After winning last year, Mapel expects the West to be strong once again with the talent that qualified from this year's field.
         "We were very fortunate to have three kids qualify from Dodge," Mapel said. "Last year we were able to win it after never finishing higher than third. We obviously had some great success last year, but after looking up and down the age divisions, I think we're pretty strong again this year. We should have a chance to repeat."
         In the girl's division, two  Lady Demon golfers competed. Whitney Winter finished in 3rd with a 102 and Kennedy Burks fired a 124 to round out the scores.
         Overall it was an impressive day from the Dodge City golfers. Mapel believes that the competition the team is receiving this summer will only make them better next year. He likens their play in comparison to last season, when a team full of sophomores and juniors utilized the summer to make leaps and bounds in their performance this past spring.
    Page 2 of 2 -      "The more tournament play you can get into and compete against other good players, the better you're going to be," he said. "Tournaments like today are only going to help with confidence and momentum with the season next spring. Just like any sport, these kids, if they don't play from this spring to next, they aren't going to see any improvement.
         "To become a better player, you need to play in tournament competition, and it helped us this year as a team. They all worked hard last summer and it's just going to carry over again next year."

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