JACKSON -- Two local golf teams qualified for state by finishing first and second in the Class 3, District 1 golf tournament at Jackson's Bent Creek on Monday.
Dexter, last year's state champion, won the district with a score of 322, nipping out Sikeston, who finished second at 323.
Both will move on to the state championship at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar May 19-20.
"The boys did an excellent job," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "The district has been delayed several times (due to damage left by a tornado). For us to come in and play as well as we did on the course in this condition was wonderful. Mentally, we're about as set as we can be for going to state."
Both Sikeston and Dexter qualified for state last year. The Bulldogs took first in districts and Dexter placed second. Considering the Bearcats went on to win state, Oetting is hoping his team can produce the same result this year.
In Monday's tournament, Sikeston's E.C. Atchison took second place overall with a score of 76. Teammate Tanner Fritz checked in with a 78, taking fifth place individually.
"E.C. and Tanner both had really solid rounds," said Oetting.
Sikeston also saw scores from Matt Bain at 83 and Martin Schaefer at 86.
During a practice round on Sunday, Schaefer shot a hole-in-one on the 383-yard par 4 for a double eagle on the 18th hole.
"Last year on our practice round, Jonathan Spence shot a hole-in-one on the 17th hole par 3 at Eagle Lake," explained Oetting. "This year, we had something even more interesting happen. It was amazing to watch. Martin drove the ball 300 yards where on its decent, it hit a the cart path, bounced forward about two yards short of the green and rolled 45 feet, hit the pin and dropped in the cup."
Behind Sikeston and Dexter on Monday, North County came in third place with a 327. They were followed by Fredericktown at 332, Ste. Genevieve at 335, Perryville at 345, Notre Dame at 361, St. Pius at 366, Herculaneum at 367, Festus at 374 and New Madrid County Central at 393.
For Dexter, Tyler Holden finished in a tie for third in the medalist race with a round of 77. Ryan Jackson tied for sixth with a 79.
Michael Williams scored an 82 and Andrew Stuever checked in at 84.
"This is the fourth year in a row we've gone to state," noted Dexter coach Eric Sitze. "We won the district four years ago, had two seconds and now another first."
For NMCC, Sam Coppage led the way with a 90. He was followed by Trey Edwards at 94, Chris White at 97 and Jonathan Krebbs at 112.
Ste. Genevieve's defending state champion, Zach Decker, took first place overall with a one-over-par 73.
Both Sikeston and Dexter will be back in action today for the SEMO Conference Tournament at Dalahousie Golf Course in Cape Girardeau. After that, the two teams will focus on state.
"(The players) have a lot they would like to do," said Oetting. "They dedicated the season to Jonathan Spence, and I think that will show over at state. They're going to give over 110 percent effort."