Competing in one of the toughest districts in the state didn’t bode well for the Boonville Pirates golf team Monday in the Class 3 Sectional 3 Tournament at Whispering Oaks Golf Course in Marshfield.
To make the cut to state, Boonville Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden said the golfers had to score a 79 or better while the other sectionals the cut was 83, 83 and 84.
As it turned out, the Pirates missed out altogether on qualifying for state with senior Thomas Simmons posting the low score with a 10 over par 80.
Par for 18 holes at Whispering Oaks Golf Course is 70.
“For the third year in a row, we competed in the toughest district, which requires the lowest scores,” VanderLinden said. “To get past the sectionals and moved on to state, a team has to place in the top two spots or an individual has to be in the top 22. Although we didn’t have anybody move on, this is the first time in seven years we were able to compete as a team. We finished sixth in the team scoring.”
Helias Catholic captured first in the team standings with a score of 295. Springfield Catholic finished second at 309, followed by Monett and Osage at323, West Plains at 326 and Boonville at 337.
 Tyler Markham of Carl Junction captured the individual title with an even par 70.
Jake Rundle of Helias finished second with a 1-over par 71, followed by Alexander Gentry of Helias and Evan Weaver of Marshall at 2-over, Lance Andrue Brackett of Hillcrest and Nick Palmer of Springfield at 3 over, Clayton Kaiser of Monett at 4 over, Cole Higgins of Helias, Ethan Kline of Osage, Larry Plunkett of Helias, Landry Randolph of West Plains and Jackson VonBehren of Logan-Rogersville at 6 over.
For Boonville, Simmons missed the cut by one stroke by shooting a 38-42 for a 10-over par 80. Reece Lang finished the tournament with a 39-43 for a 12-over par 82, followed by Jake Horst with a 46-41 with a 17-over par 87 and Brayden Page with a 43-45 for a 18-over par 88.
VanderLinden said for the season the Pirates made great strides in becoming a good team.
Boonville finished their dual record at 10-1. In the six tournaments they competed in this season, the Pirates finished first, fourth, second, third, third and sixth.
“In my four years as coach, we have always had individuals who could compete or medal in tournaments, but we never had competed well as a team,” VanderLinden said. “This has been a good season for both individuals and team results. This has been a fun and successful season and I’m glad to get Boonville back to being competitive in golf.”