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BY MICHAEL BOYD JR.
HERALD SPORTS EDITOR
ZELL, Mo. — The veteran vs. the rookie.
The friendly rivalry between Ste. Genevieve seniors Gavin Huck and Aiden Boyer has been exciting all spring long, one defeating the other while both collected medalists honors along the way.
Last Monday the two extended that good ol’ competition to the state’s grandest stage with their top-10 performances at the MSHSAA Class 3 District 1 boys’ golf tournament.
Boyer, a first-year golfer who switched from his successful baseball career, was two strokes shy of winning the district tournament to finish as runner-up.
Huck, a four-year starter for the Dragons, placed sixth overall and returns to the state tournament for the third straight year.
So one more time it is for the two friends, with the state’s top trophy now on the line.
Joined by Carter Burr, the senior trio were battling one another plus numerous others across the state for 36 holes over two days this week at the state tournament in New Bloomfield.
All three made the state cutoff of 90 or better for all-district medals, finishing in the top-18 out of 69 total golfers at the Ste. Genevieve Golf Course.
Out of those 69, eight sophomores qualified for state, including five who finished in the top 10. Two freshmen also qualified for state.
A total of 16 schools were represented.
The Dragons settled for third place overall as a team this time, thus missing the chance to advance as an entire team by one placement.
Boyer scored a 76 to take second individually and Huck added an 80 for a three-way tie for sixth.
Burr shot a 90 along with seven others as each just made the cut for state.
Boyer posted three birdies on the day on Holes 3, 14 and 18, and also parred nine holes, but five bogeys kept him from winning districts. He shot a 39 on the first-9 and a 37 on the second-9.
Huck shot a 41 on the front-9, then a 39 on the back-9. He parred 10 holes and he bogeyed each of the other holes.
Burr also had a birdie on the day as he shot a 46 on the first-9 and a 44 on the second-9.
Jayden Rhinehart carded a 97 and first-year player Jeremiah Kunz turned in a 115 to finish their seasons for Ste. Genevieve.
The St. James Tigers and Dexter Bearcats both took their entire teams to the state tournament by placing in the top two at districts. Ste. Genevieve took third after finishing second last season.
St. James, which won both the team and individual district crowns, took the team title with 327 points after all four scorers finished 14th or better.
Dexter took second with a score of 329 as it had two players finish third and fourth, and the other two finished 11th and 18th.
The Dragons recorded a tally of 343. The Potosi Trojans (345) were fourth and the St. Clair Bulldogs (370) rounded out the top five.
St. James sophomore Jackson Marcee won the individual district title with a two-over par 74, followed by Boyer.
Sophomores Ben Christian (77) and Tucker Temples (78), both of Dexter, finished third and fourth. Potosi sophomore Sam Rhodes (79) was fifth.
St. James senior Wilson McDaniel (80) and Affton senior Jacob Borst (80) both tied for sixth with Huck.
Borst had the tournament’s only eagle in the round, but he also had a double-bogey and a triple-bogey.
Affton only had two players, while Kennett and University City (St. Louis) both had just one player, so none of those three squads had enough players for a team score.