Maryville's nightmare scenario unfolded on an otherwise pleasant afternoon at Monday's Class 2 Sectional 4 Tournament at Blue Springs Country Club.
With three of its top four players shooting well below the norm, Maryville finished fifth out of six teams and had no one make it through individually to the Class 2 State Tournament in Nixa.
The Hounds' team score of 375 (+87) was 20 strokes higher than what they shot a week before at districts where they finished second. They were 28 strokes short of qualifying for state as a team.
"I'm still in shock," said Maryville golf coach Brenda Ricks. "The course was really wet, the rough was really tall and thick and we weren't prepared for it. The boys can say prom didn't have anything to do with it, but four of them went and did after-prom and didn't have any sleep. Mentally, when you're tired like that, you don't make good choices. I watched a couple of them make poor choices. I think that was just being tired."
District 7 champion Barstow won the sectional tournament with a score of 334 and MEC/District 8 champion Bishop LeBlond finished second with a 347. Both will take their full teams to state.
Summit Christian (359) and O'Hara (366) were the third and fourth place teams.
This marks the first time since 2007 that Maryville won't have any representation at the state tournament. The Hounds took their entire team in 2010 and 2011 and sent one individual last year.
"The sad part is we were good enough," said Ricks. "If we weren't good enough, it would settle a little bit easier. We should've gone. We had a good enough team and good enough golfers. Only one of them golfed today where maybe we had three before. The others didn't do their job. It's not the end of the world. It's just the end of the season."
Maryville's normal No. 3 or 4 golfer Dustin Wolters came the closest to going to state. He missed the cut by two strokes with an 87 and finished in 21st place.
The remaining four Hound golfers shot 95 or higher and finished outside the top 30.
The stunner was senior Trey Maughan, a second place finisher at districts who had qualified for state each of his first three years in high school.
Last year's sectional champion tied for 32nd place with a 95 (+23), ending his career one level short of a fourth straight state tournament appearance.
Freshman Hunter Hayes came in right behind Maughan with a 96 (+24). Hayes shot a 43 on the front nine but sputtered to a 53 on the back.
Senior Kyle Leslie added seven strokes on the back nine and finished tied for 37th with a 97 (+25). Senior Wade Tobin landed in a tie for 47th with a 109.
Page 2 of 2 - Hamilton's Shawn Cook and Trenton's Chase Tolson tied for the individual title with rounds of 78 (+6). Both qualified for state on their own.
Tournament champion Barstow had three of the top 10 finishers and second-place LeBlond placed all five golfers inside the top 30. The Golden Eagles were led by freshman Sam Schanze in ninth place with an 83.
Lawson's Tanner Smith grabbed the last of 12 individual qualifying spots for state with an 85. He finished in a six-way tie for 13th.
Maryville is set to lose Maughan, Leslie and Tobin off this year's varsity team. Wolters and Hayes both return.