Boonville Pirates golf coach Seth Pirtle must have knew something was up Tuesday while hosting the California Pintos in the season opener at Hail Ridge Golf Course in Boonville.
After closing out the 2012 season at 0-9 overall and 0-6 in the NCMC, Pirtle went out on the limb last week to predict that his Pirates would win a couple of matches this season.
But little did he know the win would come this earlier after the Pirates defeated California in the season opener 171-185.
“Cold and windy conditions made for a hard day’s play,” Pirtle said. “However, with a team victory it made it ok. This is our first team match victory for me as a coach. Now I am looking forward to the next tournament Thursday at Blue Springs.”
Sophomore Brett Windsor also picked up where he left off last year. While qualifying for the state tournament in his first season, Windsor finished the dual as the meet medalist with a 2-under par 33 with two birdies and seven pars.
The Pirates also had the second best score in the meet, as senior Tanner Green carded a 6-over par 41 with four pars, four bogeys and one double bogey.
Pirtle said he was impressed with Green’s play. “It is clear that he is already playing better than last year,” Pirtle said. “As for Brett, he is starting the season off strong with this victory. I expect more of the same throughout the season.”
While its pretty much expected that Windsor and Green shoot par or better throughout the season, Pirtle got an unexpected surprise at the No. 5 slot. As a late addition Tuesday, sophomore Austin Day finished with the third best score for Boonville with a 13-over par 48 with three pars and six double bogeys. Sophomore Eric VanderLinden, meanwhile, finished only one stroke back of Day with a 14-over par 49 with three bogeys and six double bogeys. Rounding out the scoring for Boonville had junior Morgan Johnston with a score of 60 with one bogey, two double bogeys and six others.
Conner George had the low score for California with a 7-over par 42.
In the JV match, Clayton Lang fired a 19-over par 54 while Richard Bell shot a 33-over par 68.
The Boonville Pirates golf team was schedule to participate in the Oak Grove Invitational on Thursday, March 21, however, Boonville Athletic Director Chris Shikles said that tournament has been cancelled due to the upcoming weather.
Boonville’s next meet is schedule for Monday, March 25 at Moberly starting at 4 p.m.