MHS golfers have better second day at state

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BOLIVAR -- Both of the Marshall boys' golf team's entries in the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships at Bolivar improved significantly during Tuesday's second and final round.

With conditions improving from chilly and windy on Monday to milder and calmer the next day, scores went down across the board -- notably for sophomores Bryan Mach and Alex Maupin.

"Our guys didn't have their biggest problems on the greens, theirs were nerves and wind," said MHS coach Erek Dusenberry, referring to complaints about pin placement on Silo Ridge Golf Course during the first round. The second day "was a much different experience for both."

After opening the meet with an 87 to share 48th place, Mach responded with a 78 in the second round for a 165 to finish tied for 36th -- four strokes above the cut-off for an all-state medal. Mach's second-day number was the lowest for an Owl at state since Conner Lamberson shot 74 in the opening round of the 2007 tourney.

Maupin knocked 12 strokes off his score on the back side, going from 51 to 39, and wound up tied for 68th in the 90-golfer field with a 177 -- improving from 93 to 84 in the two rounds.

Section 4 champion Pembroke Hill (629 points) of Kansas City knocked 21 shots off its score to nail down its sixth title, and first one since taking the Class 2 crown in 2006. Westminster Christian (638) of St. Louis passed Warrensburg (644) -- which beat the Owls for the District 7 championship -- for second place.

Although the first-round leader, Monett junior Jacob Fair, knocked a stroke off his score during the second day, he was passed by Kearney senior Ryan Zech -- who won Marshall's sectional meet -- for the gold medal, 150 to 151 strokes.

It was the first time Mach and Maupin competed at state, and since this "field [was] made up mainly of senior players" -- Dusenberry noted -- opportunities abound for the future.

"I hope the experience was exciting for these two," Dusenberry remarked.

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