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Owls finish at state golf meet

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Marshall junior Alex Maupin shot 10 strokes lower and finished eight places higher than he did at the state meet last year.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
SPRINGFIELD -- Neither of the Marshall entries to the MSHSAA Class 3 Boys' Golf Championships at Springfield were able to make significant gains Tuesday during the second and final round.

Junior Alex Maupin lost ground, shooting an 86 after posting an 81 on Monday, while freshman Cole Perkins improved slightly, from an opening-round 90 to 89.

Maupin's second-round score was only slightly higher than his season average relative to par, 14 over against a mean of 12.2 over. He was 23 over par at 167 for the meet, falling from 47th into a tie for 60th place in a field of 91 during his second trip to state.

A year ago, Maupin shot 177 at par-72 Silo Ridge in Bolivar to finish in 68th place.

Perkins shared 83rd place, his 35-over 179 well above his 10.1-over average for the season.

Maupin finished the season having won four medals in nine tournament, including sixth place in the NCMC. Perkins was a medalist four times, among them the championship of the Class 3, District 7 Tournament at Blue Springs and fourth place in the conference meet.

All five of the district-champion Owls' starters were underclassmen -- including junior Bryan Mach, a 2011 state qualifier -- are expected to return next season.

Republic sophomore Dylan Beckemeier staged a tremendous second-day charge to vault from third place to a title by a five-stroke margin. Beckemeier was four-under par through the first six holes, faltered slightly near the turn, then put up three birdies on the back nine for a four-under 68 during the round and a 140 for the meet.

St. Francis Borgia (609 points) won a three-team shoot-out with St. Louis schools Mary Institute/Country Day (610) and Westminster Christian (612) for its second state title, the previous one coming in 1999.

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