There was little wind and sunshine on the Sedalia Golf Course at Sedalia Country Club. Fair temperatures made the Smith-Cotton boys golf team’s first competition that much more pleasant.
The Tigers finished four strokes shy of runner-up among a Warrensburg and winners of Monday’s tri-match, Jefferson City.
Jefferson City shot a team score of 158 and Warrensburg followed at 164. The S-C Tigers’ lineup fired a team total of 168.
The weather was so nice that Smith-Cotton coach Mike Robertson, and most golfers, were pretty upbeat after rounds.
“Great day to start the season with the weather,” Robertson said. “It’s always a pleasure to have Jefferson City and Warrensburg come in here. They’re both top, quality programs, and it tells us where we need to get and what we need to do to get our season started.”
Warrensburg’s Hagan Zinecker topped the field by two strokes, shooting a 9-hole total of 36. Gabe Trowbridge and Nathan Erickson of Jefferson City and Jerod Rosenbarker fired a 38.
The Sedalia’s greens were recently aerated. Rosenbarker, who shot a team low for Smith-Cotton, said the conditions impacted his putting.
“You couldn’t tell if you could spin it or not,” Rosenbarker said.
Brett Trowbridge and Austin Siebeneck fired a 41 for Jefferson City and Kent Uhlmann finished a stroke behind.
Jerod Hockaday finished nine holes with a 42 for Smith-Cotton with Zach Morrison one stroke behind. Kendall Weymuth shot a 45 and Jackson Kempton shot a 47.
J.D. Pederson finished with a score of 40 for Warrensburg. Brett Ballard and Kade Mackey had a 9-hole score of 44, with Ty Carter a stroke behind.
Jefferson City golf coach Randy Bickel said his team competes about twice a year at Sedalia Country Club. The Jays looked shot like a team familiar with the course. He said the Sedalia, known for plenty of hazards, played “hard, as usual.”
“Because (the course is) fairways and greens, you’ve got to be precise off the tee,” Bickel said.
Erickson credited some putting challenges to golfing on the road, but said he could drive aggressively.
“It’s always difficult to get the speeds (of the greens) when you step off the bus and tee off,” he said. “But, with no wind, you could really go at the flags.”
The Jefferson City junior varsity finished 26-strokes ahead of Smith-Cotton’s firing a team total of 208.
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