Boonville seniors Brett Windsor and Eric VanderLinden were a long way from being perfect Monday during the Class 3 District 4 Tournament at Eldon Country Club.
But the good news is that both golfers played just well enough to move on to the Class 3 Sectional 2 Golf Tournament next Monday at Quail Creek Golf Course in Arnold, Missouri.
In the final-team standings, Hannibal captured first in the tournament with a score of 326. Mexico finished second with a score of 334, followed by Helias at 342, Marshall at 361, Kirksville at 363, Boonville sixth at 370, Osage at 373, Eldon at 382, Fulton at 401 and Moberly at 449.
As for individual scores, Austin Kelsay of Mexico captured the title with a 3-over par 74. Tanner Cooke of Hannibal and Cole Perkins of Marshall, meanwhile, tied for second with a score of 78. Jake Rundle of Helias finished fourth with a score of 79, followed by Windsor and Jack Baumann of Hannibal tied for fifth with a score of 81. As for VanderLinden, the senior golfer finished in a two-way tie for 15th place with Derek Parsons of Moberly with a score of 86.
Boonville Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden said both Brett and Eric passed through the first of the obstacles to get to the state tournament.
“Brett played a below average round for him but still ended in fifth place,” VanderLinden said. “Eric was a little above average and got to move on to the sectional tournament for the first time in his high school career.  I'm happy for both seniors to be able to move on.  All three freshman gained valuable experience in playing in their first district tournament.  It was great experience for McKenna to compete at this level and will only help her in leading the girls team next fall.  Kyle and Thomas will hopefully take this, learn from it, and will be our two leaders for next spring.  
“It is hard for any freshman to compete at this level, but all three did a good job this year.  Overall, I hope the kids on the team realize what a step we took this year.  Since Brett and Eric's freshman year, Boonville has finished last as a team in both the conference and districts.  They worked hard on their games and we improved to a 5th place finish in conference and a 6th place finish at districts. This is also the first time Brett will have a teammate with him at sectionals.  Hopefully, the kids will continue working on their game and we can bring back Boonville golf as one of the top teams in the conference.”
Freshman Kyle Chrisman finished 35th overall out of 49 golfers with a score of 100 while Thomas Simmons carded a score of 102 in 39th place and McKenna Stumph 107 in 45th place.