COLUMBIA • Jeffrey Desloge couldn't find a logical explanation for his surprising performance in the Class 3 state golf tournament on Tuesday at Columbia Country Club.
So, the MICDS senior simply gave up.
"Not sure why — it just happened," Desloge said. "But I'm glad it did."
So are his teammates.
Desloge, who had never broken 80 in any tournament during his four-year career, fired an eye-popping 2-over-par 73 to help the Rams to a second-place finish in the team standings.
MICDS posted a four-player score of 633 in the 36-hole, two-day event behind first-place finisher Pembroke Hill (614).
Lutheran South (635) was third followed by John Burroughs (641).
Pembroke Hill freshman Ryan Lee took medalist honors with a 4-over 146.
Delsoge, the No. 3 player in a balanced attack, recorded the two best rounds of his life at the perfect time. He carded a 78 during Monday's opening 18 holes before finishing at 151, good enough for seventh place in the individual race.
"I've always had the game and I knew it," Desloge said. "It was a matter of putting it all together. And I was able to do that this week.
It's pretty cool."
Desloge's head-turning effort was a key to the Rams' team success.
"It's his last year and he just rode it out," MICDS coach Changa Bey said. "He said he had some more (good) strokes left in him. And he went out there and he got them today."
Desloge finished ninth in sectional play and 15th in the district tournament.
But he put it all together in a two-day breakout that will define his high school career.
"I wanted to enjoy my last round," Desloge said. "My irons were working well down the stretch. I hit a lot of greens, due to the irons. It all ended up pretty well."
MICDS sophomore Henry Mikula, the Rams' No. 1 player, led the way with a 148, good enough for second place, two shots behind Lee. Senior Sam Hanser fired back-to-back 80s for a 160. Zakhi Mitra (174) rounded out the scoring.
Mikula started the day tied for the lead and played well, but Lee would not budge.
"I just didn't putt as well," Mikula said. "I couldn't make the ones I needed to."
Hanser, who was part of the 2016 state title team as a freshman, closed his career with another team trophy.
"This was great, everyone came through and did what they needed to do," Hanser said.
Lutheran South senior Zach Shirley finished in a tie for third with a 150. He began the day strong and made a run at Lee midway through the round.
But Shirley struggled on the 12th and 16th holes before closing with a par and birdie. Shirley found two different bunkers on the 12th.
"A couple bad holes," Shirley said. "I'm not happy with how I played. I couldn't putt, wasn't seeing my lines either day."
Shirley finished fifth in the state as a freshman and fourth last season. He is likely headed to play golf at the University of Nebraska.
Shirley and Andrew Hennen (155, 11th place) led the Lancers to the third-place finish.
John Burroughs senior Ethan Wang (156) finished in a tie for 12th to help the Bombers claim a trophy.
WHITFIELD GRABS SECOND IN CLASS 2
The Warriors fired a team score of 346 to claim second place in the Class 2 tournament at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield.
Junior Drew Newlin led the charge with a third-place finish. He carded a 74 on Tuesday to finish at 149 — three strokes behind winner Cole Elling of St. Pius X of Kansas City.
"We put a plan in place and we just continued to stick to that plan," Whitfield coach Mike Slater said. "And here we are."
Newlin, a basketball player, was competing on the golf team for the first time after some prodding from Slater.
Slater spoke briefly with Newlin on the 18th fairway as the tournament was rounding to a close.
"I was joking and I asked him if he felt like he should have come out last year," Slater said. "He said yes — and his freshman year too."
Maplewood-Richmond Heights freshman Kal Kolar fired a 76 and finished fourth with a 150.
Hermann senior Thomas Henson placed fifth with a 152.
St. Pius X took the team crown (678).
Barat senior Max Floyd carded a 79 to finish in a tie for 10th place with a 159 in the Class 1 tournament at Sedalia Country Club.
Presten Richardson of Miller took medalist honors with a 142.
Bishop LeBlond grabbed the team title with a 631 score.