ANNA — Eighteen holes just weren’t enough for Anna-Jonesboro’s Luke Lasley, Trico’s Eddie Breese and West Frankfort’s Tyson Elko.
They formed the final trio at the Anna-Jonesboro Class 1A Regional in prep boys golf Monday and all three carded 75s, setting up a playoff for medalist honors. It took Lasley, a sophomore, just one hole to take individual honors.
In the meantime, Trico took the team title by four strokes over Chester, 324-328. Anna-Jonesboro grabbed the third spot at 332. All three teams advance to the Class 1A sectional Monday at Franklin County Country Club.
On the playoff hole, all three missed the fairway. Lasley was wide left, blocked in by a pine tree. Elko and Brees were in the rough on the right. Elko had to punch out while Brees had a shot at the green, but he had to go over a formidable tree.
“I crossed it (the tree) by about a half a foot, that’s about it,” Brees said. “I’m lucky I got over it, but I had to do it, play aggressive.”
“I hit it (the drive) really good, but I hit it straight left, so that was kind of tough,” Lasley said. “I hit a punch shot out and didn’t hit that great either. I chunked it a little. I tried to get on the front of the green, which I failed to do.”
Brees hit the green in regulation, but was left with a 30-foot downhill putt. Lasley and Elko both left their punch shots short. However, Lasley’s chip shot hit high on the green, bounced right and trickled six feet past the hole.
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When Brees left his putt short, it opened the door for Lasley.
“I was thinking the greens were going to be quicker,” Brees said. “I was surprised when I left it short.”
Lasley had a short putt, but it was a twister, breaking sharply to the left.
“It was a tough putt, but it was a really good chip,” he said. “I hit a little flop with a lot of spin on it. It got a bad kick, but I can’t complain. I knew it was going to kick right hard, that’s about the best I hoped to do. I knew I hit a good putt. I hit my line. I hit my speed. I knew it was a good putt when I hit it. It dropped dead-center in the hole.”
While Lasley took individual honors, Brees led the Pioneers to the team title. In addition to Brees’ 75, Ross Coleman shot 80, Logan Cleland 84 and Peyton Lovel 85. They finished four strokes ahead of Chester.
“I’m glad we were able to pull it off,” Brees said. “Everyone went out and shot a pretty decent score. I’m just looking forward to sectionals now.”
The Yellow Jackets were led by Jarrett James 77. Kaden Freytag and Jaden Mott both shot 83 and Chett Andrews had 85. In addition to Lasley’s 75, Anna-Jonesboro got an 80 from Peter Hauser, 88 from Ayden Bailey and 89 from Trent Mason.
The top 10 individuals, not on an advancing team, also go to sectional competition. Moving on as individuals were Elko; Noah Smith, Eldorado 77; Calen Banks, Hardin County, 78; Evan Coyle, Eldorado, 82; Braden Unthank, Eldorado, 86; A.J. Johnson, Goreville and Garrick Blevins, Du Quoin, 87; Riley Cross, Zeigler-Royalton-Christopher, 89; and Hunter Smith and Austin Park both of Steeleville 93.