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Mach wins Hieronymous Junior Series title

Monday, August 13, 2012

Marshall's Bryan Mach won one meet and placed second five times en route to the MGA's Hieronymous Series championship.
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
Steady and frequent play propelled Marshall senior Bryan Mach to the Missouri Golf Association's Hieronymous Junior Series championship.

Mach entered eight of the nine contests throughout the summer, winning at Kirksville, taking second place five times and never finishing lower than fifth. By the time of the final event at Fulton, Mach already had the 16- to 18-year-old boys' title well in hand.

Although he shot a five-over-par 77 to tie for third place Aug. 1 at Tanglewood Golf Course, Mach finished with 190 points -- 60 points more than second-place Taylor Woods of Warrensburg, who won four of the five meets he entered.

Mach began the stretch run July 16 by shooting a two-over 73 at Boonville to share second place, tied for third with an eight-over 78 at Columbia and finished fourth at Jefferson City with a 10-over 81. However, he got back on track at Moberly with a five-over 75 for second.

With a mean of 23.75 points per event, Mach was third in average production to Hermann's Austin Ruediger (26.25 points in four meets) and Woods (26.0 in five).

Marshall sophomore Cole Perkins -- who qualified during the spring for the MSHSAA Class 3 Championships, as Mach had done the previous year -- was 10th among 24 players in the 14- and 15-year-old division with 35 points, although he only gained points three events.

Perkins tied for fourth at Boonville with a seven-over 78, placed fifth with nine-over 79 at Columbia and closed out at Fulton by sharing seventh place with a 12-over 84. Brett Windsor of Boonville posted three wins on the circuit to take the division crown with 130 points.

Mach's fine play over the course of the summer earned him an invitation to the 6th annual MGA Junior Collegiate Invitational, today and Tuesday, at Twins Hills Country Club in Joplin -- an opportunity for college recruiters to look at Missouri's top 38 junior golfers.

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