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Gremlins fifth out of 19; S-C Tigers take eighth at Classic

April 11, 2012

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By Mike Phillip
Contributing sportswriter

Both Sedalia high schools represented themselves well in the annual Smith-Cotton Boys Golf Classic Monday at the Sedalia Country Club.

Led by Jared Dey, the runner-up at the Class 1 state championships last year at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar, with a 1-over par 71 and last year’s Class 1 individual state champion David Baldwin with a 2-over par 72, the Sacred Heart Gremlin golf team finished fifth in the 19-team tournament with a team score of 313.

Austin Sttandinger of Lee’s Summit was the medalist with an even-par 70. Dey tied Lee’s Summit North’s Tyler Tobias for second individually with rounds of 71. Golfers who shot at 75 or lower earned medals in the 95-golfer field. Two Park Hill South players and two from Rock Bridge medaled.

Smith-Cotton’s varsity team, led by Nick Carroll’s 7-over par 77 and Connor Hurley’s 8-over par 78, finished eighth with a team score of 330.

Park Hill South won the team title with a 299, followed by defending champion Rock Bridge with a 300, Lee’s Summit North with a 303, Pembroke Hill with a 305 and Sacred Heart rounded out the top five teams with a 313.

“We had two guys shoot in the 80s and two in the 90s,” said S-C Coach B.J Curry. “That is great for our program. I think our guys played outstanding golf today.”

Also for S-C, Alex Lorenz shot an 86, Taylor Mankin an 89 and Jacob Carroll’s round of 104 did not count toward the team total.

Also for Sacred Heart, who posted their best-ever finsh in the S-C Classic, John Beykirch shot an 82 and Alan Bankovich a 92. Michael Prenger’s round of 96 did not count toward the team total.

S-C’s #2 team of Drake Stetzenbach (100), Ethan Wilken (106), Kio Drum (115) and Daniel Akin (115) shot a 436. Tyler Steger’s 129 did not count. For the Tigers’ #3 team, Wyatt Foster had a 116, Blake Allee-Lightfoot a 127 and Nick Morrison a 135.

The tourney began under sunny skies with a slight nip in the air, but very rapidly warmed into beautiful, balmy conditions,

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Curry, whose team finished in the top 10 for the first time in several years.

“We played the ball down today, the fairways were great and the bunkers were deep and rough.” said Curry. “The course played great and our kids handled it well.”

Curry is playing it close to the vest but you can pick up on the excitement in his voice as he looks at the future of his boys’ program.

S-C beat West Central Conference foe Warrensburg and district foes Camdenton, Jefferson City, Hickman and Helias Monday.

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