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Warren Central golf bests St. Al in postseason tune up

Warren Central’s boys’ golf team sneaked in one last tune up and one more victory before the state tournament.

Josh Hallberg tied for second place with a 77, Reed Buys shot a 79, and Warren Central posted a team score of 318 to win the St. Aloysius Golf Challenge Wednesday at Vicksburg Country Club.

Only four teams — Warren Central, St. Aloysius, Cathedral and Riverfield Academy — competed in the tournament. St. Aloysius finished second in the team standings with a score of 319, and Riverfield was a distant third with 379.

Cathedral only had one golfer in the tournament, but he was the best one. Chase Kaisser took medalist honors after shooting a 75.

Hallberg and St. Al’s Wilson Palmertree tied for second place with matching 77s, then Buys and St. Al’s Joshua Larsen were next at 79. WC’s Zack Montpelier and St. Al’s Davis Black both shot 80 to tie for sixth place.

Taylor Lampkin shot an 82 for Warren Central and Trace Daily an 83 for St. Al as their pattern of alternating places continued throughout the scoreboard.

Riverfield’s best finisher was Trevor Antley, who shot 92 and finished 12th. Braxton Shelton and Thomas King both shot 93 to tie St. Al’s Phillip Upshaw and Will Keen for 13th place.

The tournament was a final tune up for both Warren Central and St. Al before the postseason begins.

Warren Central will have next week off and compete in the MHSAA Class 6A state tournament May 6-7 at Ole Miss Golf Course in Oxford.

Warren Central actually began the postseason earlier this week by winning the Region 4-6A tournament at Clear Creek Golf Course in Bovina.

St. Al will play in the MAIS Class AAA South State tournament May 2 at Laurel Country Club, and the Class AAA state tournament May 7 at Cleveland Country Club.

Warren Central’s girls’ team will host the MHSAA Class 6A state tournament Monday and Tuesday at Clear Creek. Play begins at 9 a.m. both days, and the course will be closed to the public while the tournament is in play.

St. Al’s girls team will play in the MAIS Class AAA state tournament May 9 at Jackson Country Club.

St. Al’s girls lost a head-to-head match with Cathedral on Wednesday, 180-211. Cathedral’s Kaila Starr was the medalist with a 78, and was the only player on either team to break 100. St. Al’s three golfers were Caton Blackburn (101), Chandler Tucker (110) and Ruth Ann Buckner (120).