On an overcast, cool, rain-splattered day, the Sacred Heart Gremlin golf team finished eighth out of 14 teams in the annual Sacred Heart Golf Classic Monday at the Sedalia Country Club, shooting a team score of 368.
The three-time defending Class 1 state champion Gremlins were 42 strokes off the pace of tournament champion St. Pius X, who shot a 326. Sacred Heart’s long-time rival Tipton finished second with a 340. Brookfield and the Warrensburg Junior Varsity tied for third with team scores of 346 and Cole Camp was fifth with a 357, Lee’s Summit Community Christian Academy was sixth with a 360.
Sacred Heart, always in contention the past three years to win their own tournament, lost their top four golfers from the three-time defending state championship team — state individual medalist David Baldwin, state medalist runner-up Jared Dey, John Beykirch, Michael Prenger, Alan Bankovich and Lakin Kehde to graduation.
James Lucchesi is the lone returning lettermen from the last three state championship teams and was a member of the Gremlin team that won its own tournament last year for the first time in the history of the tournament.
Matthew Von Holten was the medalist runner-up and led Cole Camp with a round of 80. David Martin shot an 89, Alex Pritzeel 92, Karston Luchini a 96 and Zach Esselman 109.
Patrick Hoffman led the Gremlins with an 86, James Lucchesi carded an 88, Michael Hohne a 95 and Devon Grose a 96 and Chris Mergen 101.
Will Prenger led the Sacred Heart JV with a 106 and Jack Shipley a 107.
For the Smith-Cotton Junior Varsity, Jacob Watson had a 108 and Jacob Clark had 111. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.