Three Tigers qualified for next week's sectional round and two earned all-district honors in Monday's Class 4, District 6 boys' golf tournament at Twin Hills in Joplin.
JOPLIN – Three Tigers qualified for next week’s sectional round and two earned all-district honors in Monday’s Class 4, District 6 boys’ golf tournament at Twin Hills in Joplin.
Carson Trent, Logan Jones and Derrick Catron each made the cut for next Monday’s sectional tournament to be played at the Carthage Golf Course. Trent shot a 10-over-par 82 to finish ninth out of 50 golfers. Jones finished at 13 over and tied for 13th with Branson’s Nicklaus Carley and Glendale’s Sam Holmes. The top 15 golfers earned all-district honors.
Catron finished two strokes back in 16th place, tied with Joplin’s Austin Garritson and Nixa’s Joe Walegir.
With the top two teams advancing to the sectional, as well, Glendale was far and away the best squad on Monday, shooting a team score of 316, while Kickapoo finished second at 333. Joplin’s 338 was third, and Carthage finished fourth with a score of 347, six strokes ahead of Nixa. Branson, Ozark, Republic, Neosho and Parkview rounded out the team standings.
“Carson finished really strong,” head coach Lowell Catron said. “The last three holes he was around three over par. The way the wind was blowing he was kind of struggling at the beginning, but bogeys are never going to kill you when conditions are bad. He made quite a few bogeys on the front and then he started playing better on the back. I’m real proud of the way he finished.”
Jones carded a 40 on his first nine holes, a great score considering the wind, but Catron said his putting let him down a little bit on the other nine holes.
“Other than that I’m real pleased with the way he played,” Catron said. “He made all-district so that’s really good. He’s got another year coming up and that’s what’s encouraging; all three who qualified will be back next year.”
Derrick Catron’s start Monday morning couldn’t have gone much worse. He was five strokes over par after two holes but played a solid third hole to get back into a good frame of mind, and he later made par on four-straight holes.
“He got back to playing good and just had a bad hole on 14 that cost him a triple bogey,” Lowell Catron said. “Basically he did what he had to do to move on and that’s what this tournament is about: survive and move on.”
It’s the second time Trent and Catron have advanced to the sectional round, and they’ll have home-course advantage with the Tigers hosting the tournament for the first time.
Monday’s tournament will feature Glendale and Kickapoo and the rest of the qualifiers from District 6, as well as Rock Bridge and Camdenton and other qualifiers from District 5. Rock Bridge won that tournament Monday with a 304, and Camdenton shot 325.
“Rock Bridge is a very, very good team,” Catron said. “A lot of good players are going to be coming down from the north and playing here. I’m looking forward to showcasing Carthage and the golf course. That’ll be exciting. We’re going to have 50 really good golfers out there on Monday and when they tee it up they’ve got a chance to go to state.”