MHS golf: Owls seventh in two meets
The Marshall boys' golf team enjoyed some good weather to post respectable scores during a pair of meets over a three-day span.
Junior Nathan Sullivan shot a season-low 86 Saturday at the Hannibal Invitational as the Owls tied for seventh place with Fulton, getting the nod due to a lower fifth score. Marshall shot 357, which was fifth among the complete field of NCMC teams -- one of which, Boonville (314), won it by 17 strokes over Francis Howell of St. Charles.
Senior Brandon Hall, the only MHS player with experience at Norwoods Golf Course after the tourney was washed out a year ago, improved on his 2008 score by four strokes to finish with an 89 -- tied with junior teammate Austin Thiel. Freshman Alex Maupin rounded out the Owls' team total with a 92 and junior Rob Gorrell shot 98.
Marshall also tied for seventh with Smith-Cotton in the large school division Monday at the Helias Tournament on Meadow Lake Acres Country Club, a 7,000-yard course -- 200 yards longer than Pebble Creek, site of this year's U.S. Open.
The Owls shot 350, lowering their tally 39 points from a year ago. Hall shared 20th place with an 80, avoiding three-putts and penalty strokes for his best 18-hole score of the season -- and 13 shots under what he scored last year.
Two of Marshall's three other returning starters also improved, Sullivan going from 102 last year to 85 this time around and Thiel lowering his 110 to 95. Gorrell matches his previous score on the course with a 92 and Maupin turned in a 93.
Rock Bridge's 302 beat Hickman for the title by three points.
The Owls will have a week off "to put in some quality work to get better," according to coach Erek Dusenberry, before competing Monday in the Chillicothe Invitational.