Pirates finish second in triangular Wednesday at Marshall

Boonville junior Thomas Simmons had no idea that his birdie on the No. 5 hole Tuesday during the Moberly Spartan Invitational would turn out to be the winning putt for the Pirates in a scorecard playoff against Hannibal.
While finishing in a two-way tie for first with a team score of 345, the Pirates not only beat one team in Class 4 and one in Class 3, they also beat five of the six teams from the NCMC.
After Boonville and Hannibal in the top two positions, Kirksville finished third overall just three strokes back with a score of 348 while Rock Bridge placed fourth at 353, LaPlata fifth at 356, Moberly sixth at 373, Fulton seventh at 389, Brookfield eighth at 451 and Mexico ninth at 560.
Boonville Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden said along with placing first, the Pirates had three medalists in the 18 hole tournament played at Heritage Hills Golf Course.
“This was the best performance of the Pirates golf team since I became coach three years ago,” VanderLinden said. “We’ve had a lot of individual medalist and individual state champions, but this is the first tournament and lowest team score in my three years. What is also positive, we competed against five of the other six conference schools. Outstanding performance from the five Pirate golfers.”
Smith of LaPlata captured the individual championship with a 1-under par 70.
Yowell of Moberly finished second with a score of 73, followed by Watson of Hannibal at 74, Franklin of Fulton at 81, Williams of Kirksville at 83, Thomas Simmons and Reece Lang tied for sixth with a 14-over par 84 and Choe of Rock Bridge, Kreigshauser of Kirksville and Grady Baker of Boonville all tied for 10th with a score of 86.
Simmons also had one birdie, four pars and nine bogeys in the tournament while Lang had seven pars and seven bogeys. Baker finished the tournament with five pars and nine bogeys, followed by Jake Horst with five pars and six bogeys while carding a score of 91 and Cole Corbitt with three pars and five bogeys  with a final score of 98.
WEDNESDAY’S MATCH
The Boonville Pirates golf team finished second out of three teams Wednesday in a triangular meet at Indian Foothills Golf Course in Marshall.
The Owls captured first in the meet with a score of 169, followed by Boonville at 184 and Sacred Heart at 211.
The top five individuals for the meet were Evan Weaver of Marshall with a 3-over par 39, Grant Maupin of Marshall 41, Logan Evans of Marshall 42, Jake Horst of Boonville 43 and Reece Lang of Boonville with a score of 45.
Horst finished the meet with three pars and five bogeys while Lang had three pars and four bogeys. Grady Baker carded a score of 47 with one par and six bogeys while Thomas Simmons shot a score of 49 with one par and four bogeys, Brayden Page with a score of 50 with five bogeys, Adam Schneringer with a score of 53 with four bogeys and Cole Corbitt with a score of 55 with one par and one bogey.
Boonville Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden said the golf course had just aerated their greens which made putting difficult for the kids. “Scoring was a little higher today because of that,” VanderLinden said. “The next match is the Sacred Heart Tournament in Sedalia on Monday. The kids hopefully will practice and get better over our Easter break to prepare for the tournament.”