[Masthead] Fair ~ 50°F  
High: 66°F ~ Low: 50°F
Friday, Apr. 29, 2016

Five Owls medal for district crown

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Freshman Cole Perkins tied for first place to lead the Owls to their first district championship since 1998.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
BLUE SPRINGS -- Marshall boys' golf coach Erek Dusenberry experienced a first Wednesday.

"I've never had all five players medal at the same event," he claimed. "This is a credit to how hard these players have worked in the last few weeks."

The Owls couldn't have picked a better time to put it all together: at the Class 3, District 7 Tournament in Blue Springs. The result was Marshall's first district title since 1998.

Leading the charge was freshman Cole Perkins, who tied two others players for first place with an eight-over-par 80 at Adams Pointe Golf Course -- which is where he won his only varsity medal with the same score earlier in the month, placing fourth in the Grain Valley Invitational.

In his first MSHSAA event, Perkins "played great golf," according to Dusenberry -- making par six times on the front nine and posting three pars and two birdies coming in on the hillier back nine.

Juniors Alex Maupin and Bryan Mach tied for second, one stroke back at 81. Like Perkins, both had some bad moments, but quickly recovered -- in Mach's case lowering his score by five strokes from his previous tour of the links.

Junior Marc Plummer took five shots off his score with an 85 to share seventh place and sophomore Brett Maupin was seven strokes better than earlier to tie for 13th. Even had the Owls not advanced as a team, their finishes would have qualified them for the next stage of the post-season individually.

Marshall took 10 points off its team score from the Grain Valley meet, and had a whopping 39-point improvement from last year's district meet at Adams Pointe, to run away with the championship. The Owls' 327 points were 25 points ahead of runner up Pleasant Hill.

"I am very excited about our chances," Dusenberry remarked. "This team is starting to play the way I felt it could."

The challenge for Marshall is to finish among the top two teams at next week's sectional at Excelsior Springs and reach the state tournament as a team.

"To play well enough to get through the sectional ... without a senior would be exceptional and give great inspiration for the work that needs to take place this summer for next year."

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on marshallnews.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

How about five shots off his score.Come on Chris& Smart dog.How do you go from play districts at Adams Pointe to playing sectionals at a GOAT RANCH like Excelsior Springs.Anyway good luck men.

-- Posted by golfaddic on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 4:40 PM

"Marc Plummer took five shots off her score ..."

Atta girl, Marc! :)

It appears we have a very solid golf team. GO OWLS! Keep it up!

-- Posted by Smart Dog on Thu, Apr 26, 2012, at 2:07 PM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: