Sacred Heart boy’s golf hosted Father Tolton and Lincoln — top teams in its respective classes — for its first match of the season on the first day of spring Monday, March 20, at the Sedalia Country Club in Sedalia.
Golfers teed off to warm temperatures and a cool breeze. Gremlins head coach Steve Goodwin said he was pleased with team results against state powers on a day of firsts.
Teagan Trammell fired a 53 in his first high school match, while freshman Jude Rollings finished a 9-hole round at 43.
“We’ll get better from here,” Goodwin said. “It’s a hard game, but, we’ll get there.”
Jack Lucchesi, the lone Gremlin returner among three 2016 Class 1 State qualifiers, said he’s about 4-5 strokes away from his big-picture goal. He fired a 43, despite landing in the water on the No. 3 dogleg.
“That’s a lot better than I was at the beginning of last year,” Lucchesi said.
Father Tolton, who brought Class 2 state champion Jack Parker to play, captured the match with a team score of 162 — four strokes ahead of Lincoln.
Parker sank a 40-plus foot putt on No. 9 to tie Boone Kroenke for medalist, shooting a 37.
Sacred Heart had a team score of 213.
The Cardinals, Missouri Class 1 fifth-place finishers three years straight, added another Kroenke to the lineup after losing Cody Gregory to graduation.
Bo Kroenke, freshman, joins Tyler, Trevor and his older brother, Boone, to help surmount the No. 5 threshold at State.
“That’s been gut-wrenching,” Morrison said of Lincoln’s all-too-consistent finishes. “Now I have four Kroenke’s on my team. (Bo) is a freshman, and we’re expecting big things from him. Hopefully he’ll fit in well with what we’ve got going.”
Lincoln competes with Smithton and Stover on Wednesday, March 22 at the Smithton Golf Tournament at the Bear Creek Valley Golf Club in Osage Beach.
Sacred Heart tee off Thursday at Indian Foothills Golf Course in Marshall for a quad with the Owls, Warrensburg and Slater.
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