BIC golfers bring home Class 2A State Championship
Buffalo Island Central claimed its first ever state golf title with a 21 stroke victory over second place Cedar Ridge at the Conway Country Club Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Conway.
The Mustangs got revenge over the Timberwolves, who had defeated BIC in the district championship two weeks ago at Horseshoe Bend.
"We kind of turned the tables on Cedar Ridge," said BIC Coach Cary Cossey. "If there is such a thing as a good loss, losing to Cedar Ridge in the district probably helped get us focused for the state tournament. I think we were a little over confident in district, and Cedar Ridge just outplayed us that day. But we knew if we played well in state, we had a chance. The course really fit us and we just came together and played really well. The kids loved the course and jumped out to an early lead. They were mentally tough all the way through the round and we were able to finish it off."
Trey DePriest fired a two-over par 73 to finish runner-up to medalist Landon Enderlin of Conway-St. Joseph. "Trey really played well," Cossey said. "Enderlin is a senior and this is the second time he has won the individual state championship. He was runner-up the other two times. He was also playing on his home course. He is a very, very good player. There's no doubt the two best players at the tournament were Trey and Enderlin."
Dax Hurst shot his best round of the year at the most opportune time, firing an 82 to finish third. Both DePriest and Hurst, who were named All-State, will advance to the overall state tournament. Ryan Stuck completed his round with a 90 to also earn All-State honors. BIC finished with a team score of 245.
"I was ecstatic," said DePriest, a freshman. "I knew deep down we could win it, but I also knew we would have to play to the best of our abilities, and that's what we did."
"I thought we had a chance to win but when I shot that 82, that was a surprise," said Hurst. "But it was really awesome and it was the best time I could have done it."
"We have a bright future ahead of us," said senior golfer Jacob Sanders. "BIC golf has a lot to look forward to with these three guys coming back. I am excited for them, and glad they have a chance to keep bringing this championship back."
"This is the third time I've been to state," Stuck said. "I knew we had a chance to do it. I am just glad we did and hope we can do it again next year."
The championship was also the first for Head Coach Cary Cossey. "I am very excited," Cossey said. "I've been runner-up three other times in different sports, so to finally win one is very special. I am very excited and could not be prouder of the guys."