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Area golfers were forced to pack their clubs away and wait another day at various state tournament locations when constant rain across the state changed Tuesday's plans.

All four classes of high school golf were set to tee off on Tuesday as part of a 36-hole tournament. Instead, golfers will play one 18-hole round on Wednesday.

Locally, Scotus senior Bryce VunCannon was set to be a state favorite after qualifying to play the Class B tournament on his home course at Elks Country Club.

But now that the tournament has been cut in half, he indicated he was somewhat frustrated his home-field advantage may not play as much of a role.

"To the good players, golf isn't a fair-weather sport. In fact, the better players enjoy playing in this kind of weather, it's more fun because it's more of a challenge," he said. "I was relatively upset when I heard the news."

Columbus High senior Shane Hess was on the opposite end of that perspective. Playing in Class A at Norfolk, Hess is a first timer at state.

He's more accustomed to 18-hole competitions where the expected favorites don't have as much of a chance to run away from the field.

"At the last two tournaments I've played well and they're only been 18, so I just get one more good tournament," he said. "That probably suits me better, one 18-hole tournament for all the marbles."     

Humprey St. Francis coach Eric Kessler was mostly neutral. His players, Jack Lubischer and Gabriel Pfeifer, set to play in North Platte, have been to state before. He said he believes that kind of experience can be helpful when changes have to be made.

"Obviously, with it being an 18-hole tournament it will be imperative for them to come out focused and put a good round together," he said. "I don't think the conditions will be very good even tomorrow, and everybody is in the same boat, so the players who are the most mentally focused are going to have the best chance of playing well."

Sports Reporter Peter Huguenin contributed to this report.

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.

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