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RHS Alum Wins Jayhawk Conference Title

RHS Alum Jordan Hecker May 2014NEWTON – Trailing by three strokes entering the final round, former Russell High School standout and Hutchinson Community College sophomore Jordan Hecker fired a 1-under 71 at Sand Creek Station to rally and win the Jayhawk Conference Men’s Golf Championship Tournament on April 22.

Hecker won his second league tournament this season by coming from behind to shoot the second-best round of the tournament by any golfer. He finished with a 54-hole total of 5-over 221. The Blue Dragon sophomore edged Dodge City’s Ryan Hand and Kansas City’s Lane Pauls by one stroke to claim the title.

The tournament victory vaulted Hecker into third place overall in the final Jayhawk Conference individual standings. Hecker wound up earning first-team all-Jayhawk Conference honors with the performance.

Hecker was three strokes off the pace after 36 holes on April 21. Hecker shot a 76 in the morning round and 74 in the afternoon round and trailed Hand by three strokes through the first two rounds.

Pauls shot a 74 on April 22 and Hand had a 75.

The Blue Dragons wound up finishing fourth in the last of six league tournaments over the fall and spring seasons, but a key injury hampered HCC’s chances to make a run. HCC trailed league champion Dodge City by just eight strokes entering play on April 22. But freshman Dominic Lara was forced with withdraw with an injury before the final round.

Without a fifth player, HCC had to count Alex Schremmer’s 74, Fraser Dawson’s 76 and Dax Shaw’s 88 to finish with a 309 team total and a 923 team total for the tournament.

Dodge City shot a 302 and won the tournament by six strokes with a 904. Johnson County shot a tournament-low 293 and finished second at 910. Kansas City was third at 917 after a final round 300.

The Blue Dragons finished third in the overall Jayhawk Conference team standings with 52.5 points.

Schremmer (77-81-74) finished the Jayhawk Championship in a 14th-place tie as 232.

Dawson (80-80-76) tied for 21st at 236.

Shaw (76-75-88) tied for 27th at 239.

HCC individual player Elliott Leonard was the only other Blue Dragon to place in the Top 10 in the tournament finale. He tied for ninth at 230 (87-76-78).

Lara finished sixth overall in the Jayhawk Conference Individual standings. Dawson was eighth. Both earned second-team all-conference honors. Shaw placed 12th overall and was all-conference honorable mention.

The Blue Dragons qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament after winning the District III/Region VI Championships at Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence on April 29.

(HCC Sports Information)

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