"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."