SPRINGFIELD -- Both of Marshall's entries at the MSHSAA Class 3 Boys' Golf Championships at Springfield found themselves deep in the pack following Monday's opening round.
Junior Alex Maupin was tied for 47th place with an 81, while freshman Cole Perkins shot 90 to share 82nd place in the 91-golfer field.
Maupin was consistent during the day, with a 41 on the back nine -- which Owls coach Erek Dusenberry considers the tougher section of the Rivercut Golf Club course -- after teeing off at No. 10 and 40 on the front,
"He hit it great off the tee all day," Dusenberry said. "He struggled with his irons."
Dusenberry speculated that with a better short game, Maupin may have been able to play five or six strokes better.
"This is his kind of course," Dusenberry claimed. "It's open enough that he bring out the driver."
Only the top 15 medal, and after the first round the cut-off score was 75. Maupin was not only six strokes off that pace, but has about three dozen golfers he would need to pass.
"He's probably put himself too far back" to medal "unless a lot of kids fold up," Dusenberry admitted.
Perkins shot a 42 on the back nine, despite finding a hazard on the par-five No. 18 hole which negated a strong drive. His quartet was quickly carted to the No. 1 tee, without a break, to begin the second half of the round -- and Perkins didn't have time to regroup.
"He was still a little steamed with himself," Dusenberry noted. "It's hard when you're a young player and not playing well. You want to hurry up and get going."
Perkins was in the second group to start the second round at No. 10 this morning, while Maupin was in the sixth bunch at No. 1.
After the first round, Pembroke Hill's Gordon Hamilton led the field by one stroke over Kevin Vandekamp of Westminster Christian with a two-under-par 70. Mary Institute/Country Day School of St. Louis held a one-point lead in the team standings over nearby rival Westminster, 302 to 303 points, with St. Francis Borgia challenging in third place at 304.