Top-10 finishes from Janes, Kroeger help Palmyra boys finish third at Class 2 state golf tourney

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The Palmyra boys golf team finished third at the Class 2 state championships at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex in Smithville, Mo. | Submitted photo

SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Jonas Janes and his Palmyra boys golf teammates brought home a state trophy for the fourth time in program history.

It just wasn’t the biggest prize out there.

Palmyra led the field at the Class 2 state championships by eight strokes following Monday’s opening round at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex, but Tuesday’s round proved more challenging and the Panthers ended up taking third with a 688 total.

“I felt like we were disappointed, honestly,” said Janes, a Palmyra junior. “None of us played good that last day. We definitely thought we could do better than we did. We’re really looking forward to hopefully going back next year.”

The Panthers believe the best is yet to come.

“We’re all coming back next year, so we should have a good shot,” Janes said.

Cole Camp leapfrogged four teams to claim the team championship with a 677 total. Willow Springs took second with a 680. Six of the nine teams in the field improved their score from the first round, but conditions made the afternoon a little more challenging.

“It was really nice, but there was quite a bit of wind as we finished up our round over the last nine holes,” Janes said.

It didn’t knock Janes or Palmyra’s Skeeter Kroeger off the leaderboard.

Janes shot an 86 to finish tied for sixth with a 166, collecting a medal in his third trip to the state tournament. Kroeger shot an 87 to finish 10th individually at 168. South Shelby’s Waylen Owens also earned all-state honors with a top-10 finish, shooting an 80 to tie for eighth at 167.

“My goal was to be in the top 15,” Janes said. “I overachieved a little bit, and that felt really good.”

Monroe City’s Cole Hays cracked the top 20 as he shot an 80 in the second round and finished tied for 20th at 172. South Shelby’s Colt Schmitz tied for 24th at 173, while Palmyra’s Abram Getz tied for 36th at 177.

Palmyra’s Anthony White and South Shelby’s Eli Hatcher finished at 185 with Palmyra’s Preston Fuget shooting a 187.

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