Sophomore Tyler Skaggs of Pratt High School was one of 106 golfers who teed it up at the 4A State Meet held at Cheney’s Cherry Oaks Golf Course on Monday. Competing as an individual, Skaggs finished in the middle of the pack (60th) while posting an 84.
It was a good day for scoring. “There was hardly any wind,” Skaggs reported. As a result, some low scores were shot. Kaden Macha, Iola, was medalist with a 72. Wichita Collegiate won their 17th state team golf title, outshooting KC Piper 299-305.
The highest score to medal was a 77, so with his 84, Skaggs was not far off the pace. “It was a good showing for a sophomore in his first State appearance,” commented Andy Kisner, PHS head golf coach.
“(Tyler) hit the ball really well—probably as well as he has all season, but he struggled early with his putting,” Kisner continued. The greens at Cherry Oaks are large and they were running extremely fast.
Kisner credited Skaggs with adjusting during the round to the difficulty of the greens. Skaggs shot 45 on his front nine and improved to 39 on the back. A 39-39 round would have placed Skaggs only one shot out of the medals, so it appears he is on the verge of being in the mix next season.
Especially considering that he played his final 6 holes at even par, Skaggs could be a force to be reckoned with next season with another year of improvement under his belt.
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