Blake Saffell leads Crusaders to first regional golf title in a decade

Greg Williams
Wellington Dailey News
Wellington senior Blake Saffell puts in Monday's 4A Regional at the Wellington Golf Course. Saffell won the regional by eight strokes.

WELLINGTON, Kansas—The last time the boys golf team at Wellington won their regional tournament was in 2011. On Monday, the Crusaders were able to break their 10-year drought as they won the Class 4A Regional at the Wellington Golf Course.

Wellington finished with a final team score of 319. Augusta finished second and Mulvane finished in third. The three schools will have all six golfers qualify for the state tournament next week in Dodge City. 

Among the individual qualifiers, Wellington senior Blake Saffell, who has verbal committed to golf at Hutchinson Community College, finished as the regional individual champion. This is the third time Saffell has been claimed the regional championship. 

Wellington senior Jace Lawrence finished tied for third (+10), junior Deitrek Gill and junior Laken Smith finished tied for fifth (+15), junior Brett Wyckoff finished tied for eighth (+16) and senior Peyton Linker finished tied for 13th (+20). 

The other individual qualifiers represented at the state tournament will be Jacob George (Winfield), Zach Hoang (Rose Hill), Gabe Heger (Winfield), Christian Hastings (Clearwater) and Caden Carlson (Clearwater). 

There was no golf championship in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, Wichita Trinity won the Class 4A state title with 315 points, Wellington finished in second with 331. 

Wichita Trinity's Caden Vanlandingham won the individual results with a 73 as his final score. Saffell finished in fifth place with a 77 score and Deitrek Gill finished tied for fifth with a final score. 

The Class 4A state tournament will take place in Dodge City, Kansas at Mariah Hills Golf Course through May 24-25 with an 8:30 a.m. tee time.