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Martens advancing to state golf

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

For the second consecutive year, senior Barrett Martens will be advancing to the Missouri Class 3A state golf tournament. Last year the entire Platte County golf team qualified for the tournament, and Martens took first overall at state.

This year the entire team did not qualify for state as it did last year, but Martens will be their competing as an individual and will attempt to defend his title. Martens qualified for state after a good performance at Districts.

The Platte County golf team competed against Richmond against Richmond, Excelsior Springs, Maryville, Chillicothe, Savannah, Marshall, Benton, Kearney, and Lafayette at the District 8 golf tournament. The tournament was held at the par 71 Shirkey golf course in Richmond.

In order for Platte County to qualify for state as a team, they would have needed to finish within the top two overall at Districts. The Pirate golf team could not quite accomplish that feat, however. The Pirates finished fourth overall, out of the ten teams competing in District 8, with a team score of 320. The Pirates finished behind Richmond, 309, and Excelsior Springs, 312, who qualified their teams for state, and Maryville, who finished third with 313.

Martens qualified for state because was one of the top five individuals in the field who did not have his team qualify for state. Martens tied for second place at Districts after shooting a 75.

The state golf tournament will be held at the Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield on May 13 and 14.