Woodmancy earns 13th in Oakland golf tournament

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Jacob Woodmancy, a recent Perkins County Schools graduate, placed 13th at the Oakland golf tournament last Tuesday, which acted as an unofficial state tournament for students.

The Oakland Golf Club invited both teams and individuals out to the course for the Class C tournament based on top scores from the 2019 golf year. Woodmancy was one of eight individuals invited to the event.

Students were invited through their school’s activities director. Woodmancy found out he was invited to compete sometime in mid-June.

In the invitation, Oakland Golf Club’s Director of Golf Nick Onken said, “Our goal when putting this event together was simple: honor our high school students with an opportunity to compete in a tournament to help put a little bit of closure to what was an unfortunate series of events.”

The official boys golf season was cancelled early on due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, which meant seniors had to miss out on their final season of golf. This tournament gave the students something they unfortunately missed out on.

“I really appreciate Oakland golf club for hosting the tournament because it means a lot to us,” Woodmancy said.

The tournament took place on Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, July 30. Participants golfed 18 holes each day for a total of 36 holes. There were not strict COVID-19 health rules, such as requiring masks, but golfers were asked to keep at a distance from one another.

Woodmancy teed off at 11:50 a.m. on the first day of golfing and ended the day in third place with a score of 75 on the first 18 holes.

He began his second day at 10:30 a.m. and finished with a score of 87. His combined score of 162 placed him in 13th at the end of the tournament.

“I really struggled the second day” Woodmancy said. “I feel like it should have been better, but that’s just because I was in such a great spot after the first day, and then I had some follow up holes the second day that really inflated my score.”

Regardless of his ending rank, Woodmancy enjoyed the tournament. He said the golf course was beautiful and overall the day was nice, despite the wind. Not to mention, he said he just finds competition fun.

Woodmancy signed with Concordia University for golf in the 2020-2021 school year, and he is excited for the upcoming autumn golf season.


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