Green Ridge third at Sacred Heart Invitational behind 86 from Spencer Needy

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In the 17-team Sacred Heart Invitational on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club, the Smith-Cotton junior varsity golf team carded a 355 to claim second.

St. Pius X took first with a 318, including Chris Beaubien who shot a 76 to share medalist honors with Travis Reger, of Versailles.

The Smith-Cotton JV was paced by Tyler Spear’s 82.

“I was hitting my drives really well,” Spear said. “I was one- and two-putting. My chips were a little off, but I worked with them with my putting.”

His putting came through on the third hole where his approach got him 20 feet from the hole and his first putt went short, but his second putt rolled in.

He got into some trouble, finding a bunker on the fifth hole but got out of it with a 6-iron and laid up and bogeyed the hole.

Spear finished sixth and Kendall Weymuth shot an 84 to tie for seventh. Weymuth’s round included finding the green with his first shot on the par-3 fourth. Luke Husong shot a 92, Jordan Huckaday shot a 97 and Jackson Kempton shot a 100.

Green Ridge was third with a 363 to edge Lincoln by six strokes. At the Kaysinger Conference meet last week, Lincoln took the conference title by beating Green Ridge by nine strokes, but the Tigers returned the favor Monday behind an 86 from Spencer Needy and an 89 from Peyton Needy.

Spencer Needy opened his day on the fourth hole and bogeyed, but recovered with pars on holes five, seven and nine. He closed his round with a par on the par-3 second and a birdie on the par-4 third.

“I ended up having a good drive on the last hole,” he said.

His driving was strong throughout the round, as he wasn’t hitting with much length but was finding the fairways with accuracy.

“I couldn’t hit it out of the rough, but I hit the fairway pretty well,” he said. “I hit the ball pretty straight all day.”

Peyton Needy shot par on the 16th and 17th to play the back nine in 43. He shot a 46 on the front. On the par-4 third hole, he put his tee shot in the fairway 160 yards out before putting his second shot in the rough to the right of the green. On the par-3 fourth, he left his first shot in the fairway short of the green and chipped short with his second shot.

John Olesniczak shot a 92, and Hayden Doane and Josh Tylar each shot 96s for Green Ridge.

Boone Kroenke led Lincoln with an 87 to claim 11th place. His round included 13 bogeys, a double and a triple, but he also birdied the downhill par-3 17th.

“I was looking at my yardage and I got 160, which is probably a 7-iron for me,” he said. “I knew the pin was at the back, so I knew I could be pretty aggressive with my shot.”

He landed the shot 10 feet from the hole and sank his birdie putt.

His day on the par-3s included a ball hit out of bounds on four.

“Par-3s aren’t my strongest suit,” he said. “I just need to work on my approach shots on par-3s and I can get on the greens.”

He shot par on a pair of par-5s, nine and 18. On the ninth hole, his tee shot hit the water, and after a drop he hit the cart path with his next shot, but still chipped on.

Blaine Winkler shot a 92 for Lincoln. Trevor Kroenke shot a 94, Cody Gregory shot a 96 and Tyler Kroenke shot a 97.

Sacred Heart finished with a team score of 376, led by Michael Hohne’s 86. Hohne, playing in the same group as Boone Kroenke, narrowly missed the water hazard on nine and was able to chip on.

Will Prenger shot a 93 for the Gremlins.

“It was alright but when I got in the rough it was hard to get out,” he said. “On the front nine, I was more consistent with my chipping and putting. It was just better than it was on the back.”

Sacred Heart’s Jack Lucchesi shot a 96.

Cole Camp shot a 413 led by Alex Pritzel’s 88. Pritzel opened his day with a birdie on the par-4 first, hitting the cart path with his tee shot and having it bounce back into the fairway before landing his approach and sinking his putt.

He shot a 44 on the front and 44 on the back to claim 12th place.

“It was the best I’ve done on an 18-hole course, especially here,” he said. “I was just not rushing anything or getting mad when I hit a bad shot.”

Caleb Self shot a 99 for the Bluebirds.

Warsaw shot a 386 as a team, led by Even Engebretsen’s 94 and Luke Spry’s 95.

Tipton shot a 448 led by Reagen Ranney’s 101.

Smithton did not field a full team but did get a 100 from Jacob Clark.

Logan Sunnarborg shot a 106 to lead the Sacred Heart junior varsity with Ty Wissman shooting a 107.

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