The Boonville Pirates golf team kept its undefeated season going Wednesday night in the home finale against the Father Tolton Blazers.
In a dual at Hail Ridge Golf Course in Boonville, the Pirate golfers edged Father Tolton by a mere four strokes 173-177.
Boonville Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden said it was a cold and extremely windy day, which elevated the scores.
“We were missing one of our varsity golfers and that also led to a little bit higher team score, also,” VanderLinden said. “I want to give a special thanks to my two seniors Mason Hage and Thomas Simmons. Hage joined the team this year and has worked really hard since deciding to play. He has spent many, many hours at Hail Ridge working on his game and improving. He is always asking questions and looking for ways to get better. I wish he could have been part of the team all four years.
“As for Thomas, he has been with me all four years of my golf coaching career. He has played our No. 1 golfer since his sophomore year, which means he has had to play against the top golfers from the opposing school and the state every time we play. He has worked very hard, spending countless hours practicing on his own to get better. He has also given the younger teammates, both the boys team and girls team rides to the golf course. He is a large part of the reason for our success this year.”
In addition to winning the dual, Boonville had the top medalist as junior Reece Lang carded a 3-over par 38 with six pars and three bogeys.
Joseph Follis led Father Tolton with a score of 41.
Simmons finished second for Boonville with a score of 44 with two pars and five bogeys while Hage turned in a score of 45 with three pars and three bogeys. Brayden Page finished with a score of 46 with two pars and five bogeys while Adam Schneringer shot a score of 50 with one par and five bogeys.
In the JV match, Father Tolton defeated Boonville 226-230.
Cole Corbitt led the Pirates and JV match with a score of 51 with one par and three bogeys. Grady Baker shot a score of 56 with one bogey while Carter Stumph added a score of 57, Brant Whitaker 66 and Fisher Jenkins 68.
Pirate golfers finish second in Sacred Heart Tournament
The Boonville Pirates golf team had another successful day on Monday in the Sacred Heart Tournament at Sedalia Country Club by finishing second out of five teams.
St. Pius X out of Kansas City took home the team title from the tournament with a score of 311 while Boonville finished 22 strokes back with a score of 333. Clinton finished third with a score of 347, followed by Butler at 366 and Eldon at 370.
Boonville Pirates golf coach Rob VanderLinden said it was a cold, windy day on a tough golf course but the Pirates scored their best tournament score of the year. “Monday was another team effort with all the golfers playing well and all within nine shots of each other,” VanderLinden said. “It takes all five to place as a team and all five did so well, that they were all medalist for the tournament. There were 93 golfers competing and the top 15 received a medal.”
Cole Elling of St. Pius X had the top score for the tournament with a 2-over par 72.
Austin Gillund of Clinton finished second with a score of 76, followed by Reece Lang and Tristan Bolin of Tipton tied with a score of 78, Tony Bonadonna of St. Pius X 80, Alex Brown of Summit Christian 81, Zac Racy of St. Pius X 82, Jake Horst, Brayden Page and Mason Hage all tied with a score of 85, Brendon Bauer Stover and Marshall Whitworth tied with a score of 86 and Thomas Simmons, Bo Kroenke of Lincoln and Austin Kolstenik with a score of 87.
With the low score for Boonville, Lang finished the tournament with one birdie, 12 pars and three bogeys. Horst had three pars and 13 bogeys while Page added four pars and 11 bogeys, Hage four pars and 13 bogeys and Simmons with eight pars and six bogeys.