SHENANDOAH – The Sidney Cowboys took home second-place medals from the Shenandoah Mustang Golf Invitational, Tuesday, April 9.
The Cowboys shot a 405 to finish second in the small school division, which was won by Bedford’s 379.
Fremont-Mills and Essex also competed in the small school division. The Knights took third with a 439 and the Trojans fifth with a 476.
Shenandoah finished sixth in the large school division with a 376. Glenwood’s 315 was four shots better than Atlantic to win the large school title.
Glenwood’s Eli Bates was the tournament medalist with a 75, beating Trent Shell of Maryville by two shots.
Sidney coach Janice Shanno said a second-place medal is big for her team going forward.
“It means the work that we’re putting in leads to good things,” said Shanno. “I was pleased with the way that we came out and competed for the first 18 that we played. Some of the boys won’t be satisfied with the scores, but we’ll look forward to improving those.”
Zayne Osborn led Sidney with an 89, missing out on an individual medal by five strokes. Kyle Beam shot a 100 and Connor Owen a 102 for the Cowboys. Jackson Gorham’s 114 was Sidney’s final score.
Dane Moyer and Braidy Hutt completed Sidney’s lineup with a 122 and a 126.
Shanno said her team will keep getting better.
“I saw a lot of balls hit right and left so just straightening out shots,” said Shanno. “It’s just timing and a finding a rhythm to their swings. Then, just chipping and putting, we had too many 3-putts.”
Devin Morelock missed a medal by three strokes in leading Shenandoah with an 87. Carter Ruzek and Nick Carlson also broke 100 with a 91 and a 97. Zander Steiner’s 101 was Shenandoah’s final score.
“I wish it would have been a little lower,” Shenandoah coach Tom Foutch said on the 376 team score. “The guys said the greens were a little faster than they’re used to, but that’s okay. It was the first big tournament of the year. There is room for improvement, but they’re working at it.”
Nick Mather shot a 104 and Anthony Dinges a 108 to complete Shenandoah’s lineup.
Foutch expects scores to go down with more swings as this was just the second competition of the season for the Mustangs.
Fremont-Mills was on the course for the second time in as many days, the first two competitions of the season. Knights head coach Greg Ernster was pleased with his top two, Cooper Langfelt’s 97 and Colton Moore’s 109.
“Langfelt shot about what we expected him to shoot,” said Ernster, “but it’s good for him to see it on paper. Moore responded well after shooting pretty poorly (Monday).”
Dylan Chambers fired a 116 and Jake Malcom a 117 for Fremont-Mills’ final scores. Ernster said experience will make things better.
“A lot of it is just understanding your shots,” said Ernster, “and what club to use where.”
The final Fremont-Mills golfer, Koi Bartholomew, shot a 122.
Essex’s first 18 hole tournament saw their top five all shoot within eight of each other.
“We took a few of the lessons that we learned Friday,” said Essex coach Jay Soderberg, “and turned them into (this round). I knew it would be a marathon for them, not having played 18 before. I’m proud of them.”
Philip Franks and Tucker Hadden shot a 116 to lead the Trojans. Daniel Ohnmacht added a 121 and Andrew Hammargren turned in the final score with a 123.
“Learning how to make adjustments is a big thing,” said Soderberg. “I have a couple kids that are constantly hitting the ball right, and it’s how do you fix that. The putting green will be our second home here soon. We have hit a lot of balls, but it’s a lot of the finer aspects of golf where we need to get better.”
Colton Thornburg shot a 124 and Tristan Frank a 129 to complete Essex’s lineup.
A few pictures from the tournament can be seen at valleynewstoday.com.