Owls seventh at Hannibal tourney

Monday, April 16, 2007

HANNIBAL -- The threat of snow, light rain for about an hour and chilly temperatures throughout made for a rugged outing for the Marshall boys' golf team Saturday.

The Owls didn't have any player go low, although fashioned a solid 354 team score to finish tied for seventh place among 19 teams at the Hannibal Tournament.

"Norwoods [Golf Course] is a tough test in itself, but through the brutal conditions the course was probably at least three strokes tougher this year," remarked MHS coach Erek Dusenberry. Even seven-time champion Francis Howell of St. Charles saw its winning score shoot up to 319, "and their scores have been around 300 to 305."

Senior Nick Fowler was Marshall's most consistent player -- carding a 14-over-par 86 -- "but never really felt comfortable," according to Dusenberry.

Junior Cody Dusenberry was one over through five holes, but knocked a ball out of bounds on No. 8 and "never really got it going after that," said his father/coach. Dusenberry came in with an 87, one stroke ahead of senior Connor Lamberson -- who never had a blow-up hole, but "got on the bogey train and never got off."

Junior Brandon Thiel's 93 was the closest among the Owls to what Dusenberry expected, especially for it being the first time on the course. Freshman Brandon Hall scored 113 and didn't factor into the team tally.

Norwoods will be the venue for the NCMC Tournament next month, with Kirksville (337), Fulton (349) and Hannibal (353) the league foes who finished in front of the Owls.

Marshall is scheduled to make up a postponed April 3 home match against Chillicothe today.

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