Golf may seem like a sport that needs perfect sunny weather to be played, but those were definitely not the conditions on Wednesday when Carthage outlasted three other teams at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course.


Golf may seem like a sport that needs perfect sunny weather to be played, but those were definitely not the conditions on Wednesday when Carthage outlasted three other teams at the Carthage Municipal Golf Course.

Tiger golfers battled wet conditions and cool air to score a 153, enough to beat Webb City, which came in at 162; Nevada, which scored 179 and Joplin, which scored a 184.

Tiger Golf Coach Lowell Catron said Junior Derek Peterson led the way for Carthage with an even par 35 despite the challenging conditions.

Among the other Carthage golfers were Tres Wright with a 38, Kole Borland, 39; Garrett Roberts, 41; Bryce Coy, 43; Austin Bunnell, 43; and Bobby Murphy, 44.

The team scores were established by counting the lowest four scores in this match, Catron said.
“People think everything has to be perfect to play golf,” Catron said. “But as we found out today, golf is a game that plays itself.”

Catron said the teams heard thunder that kept them in the clubhouse for more than 15 minutes before they could hit the links.

Scores for Webb City were Alex Kanakis, 37; Caleb Forkner, 41; Ben Starkey, 42; Dustin Davis, 42; Josh Oathout, 45; Chad Stockton, 48; Zach Harmon, 49 and Avery Wells, 58.

Carthage, Webb City and Joplin hook up again at 3:30 p.m. today, weather permitting, in a match hosted by the Cardinals at Briarbrook Country Club in Carl Junction.