Cameron High School freshman Brady Stice takes a wide angle on a put during the Class 3 District 4 Golf Tournament at the Fairview Golf Course in St. Joseph Tuesday afternoon.

Stice one stroke shy of making state

ST. JOSEPH - Cameron High School freshman golfer Brady Stice finished just one shot shy of making the 2021 state tournament while competing at the Class 3 District 4 Golf Tournament at the Fairview Golf Course in St. Joseph Tuesday afternoon.

Stice finished 19th after shooting an 89 on the day, which was one stroke from securing the coveted 18th-place spot to qualify for the state tournament.

“It started out shaky. My nerves got to me a bit, but I finished pretty strong. I’ll play some junior tournaments this summer and keep working on the game. Hopefully, I’ll come back next year, make it to state and give it a good run,” Stice said.

Had this been a normal year, Stice would have advanced to the sectional tournament. With the elimination of the sectional tournament due to concerns with COVID-19, the advancement cutoff shortened from 30th-place to 18th, but Stice said coming up short this season only motivates him more for 2022.

“They cut off quite a bit, about 12 people from state this year. It makes it tough, but it’s one of those things that will only make you better. It [motivates] me a lot. Next year, as I grow, I’ll attack the golf course a little more and keep playing my game. It will eventually come around,” he said.

As a team, Cameron finished 11th out of 14 teams competing. The Dragons finished the day with a team-total of 413 strokes. Of the 74 competing golfers, Tucker Hermanson and Brant Jameson finished tied for 41st with both shooting a 105. Robert Gregory shot a 114 for 52nd place while Eddie Willits shot a 120 for 59th place.  Although the Dragons missed out on state this season, Stice said they have plenty to look forward to in 2022.

“We’re going to be pretty good. We have some freshmen that didn’t get a lot of opportunity with the seniors. The seniors were a huge asset to the team. With them moving on, we have some freshmen that will really help us next year. Hopefully, we can make a run,” Stice said.

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