staff photo by oliver good
Marion junior Austin Molleker reacts to a well placed drive on hole No. 9 Tuesday during an exceptionally windy home golf tournament at Marion Country Club.
With 421 strokes, the Warriors high school golf team placed fifth out six teams teeing off at a home meet Tuesday.
“Even though we took fifth overall, they really shot great,” coach Jim Pohlman said. “It’s the best round of golf they have had as team yet this season.”
The combined team of Marion and Peabody-Burns golfers finished only three strokes behind fourth place finisher Goessel and 20 strokes behind third-place finisher Herington.
Jade Corona took seventh with a 95, shooting a 48 on the front and a 47 on the back nine to bring home an individual medal.
Jacob Matz came in 16th overall with a 102 missing a medal by two strokes.
Brent Buller shot a 106 to come in 18th place and Austin Molleker finished in 27th place with a 118.
The Warriors took sixth place out of eight teams competing at Sedgwick tournament Thursday at Fox Ridge Golf Club in Newton with 459 strokes.
“The guys shot all right, but it was not one of our better tournaments,” Pohlman said. “I was expecting them to shoot better than they did because we played the same course a week ago when Remington hosted a tournament there.”
Corona, who Pohlman said has been his best golfer this season, and normally scores somewhere in the 90s, did not quite break the 100-stroke mark.
However, after shooting a 52 on the front and a 51 on the back nine, Corona barely missed an individual medal, but managed to take 11th place with a score of 103.
Buller shot a 58 and a 57 for a score of 115, Molleker shot a 62 and a 58 for a 120, Matz shot a 57 and a 64 for a 121, and Zach Stephey shot a 62 and an 81 for a 143.
The Warriors tee off next at 8 a.m. Friday in the Marion County Golf Meet, which is a 36-hole tournament that begins at Marion Country Club and concludes at Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course.