Dowagiac misses state finals by a strokePublished 3:22pm Friday, June 7, 2013
MARSHALL – The Dowagiac golf team missed qualifying for the Division 3 state golf finals by a single stroke at The Medalist Golf Club Thursday.
The Chieftains finished with a 334, which was one stroke back of the third and final qualifying spot, which went to Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian, which shot 333.
Grand Rapids West Catholic won the regional championship with a 322. Coloma finished second with a 331.
Dowagiac’s Christian Hess birdied the second playoff hole to earn the third and final individual qualifying spot. He tied with Vermontville Maple Valley’s Rage Sheldon. Both finished regulation tied at 81.
Hess also averted the retirement of Dowagiac coach Van Johnson for another week.
Johnson and Hess will travel to Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek next weekend for the Division 3 state finals.
Division 3 Golf Regional
at The Medalist Golf Club, Marshall
1. Grand Rapids West Catholic 322; 2. Coloma 331; 3. Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian 333; 4. Dowagiac 334; 5. Battle Creek Pennfield 340; 6. Schoolcraft 350; 7. Grandville Calvin Christian 353; 8. Portland 354; 9. Delton-Kellogg 355; 10. Paw Paw 365; 11. Berrien Springs 375; 12. South Haven 380
Christian Hess 81, Jordan Juday 82, Andrew Wild 82, Jordan Hagemann 89, Paul Lamphere 99
Alec DeJonge 83, Chance Smith 93
Blake Herwick 112