The luxury of depth.
The Pembroke Hill golf team has reaped the benefits of its consistent five-player lineup all season, but there’s never been a better time for it than now.
The Raiders will take a 5-shot lead into the second day of the Missouri Class 3 state meet at Fremont Hills Country Club. They totaled a team score of 317 on Monday, despite not placing any individuals within the top eight on the opening day of the two-day tournament.
Zach Cobb led the Raiders with a 77, and he is tied for ninth place. Jack Mitchell (79) sits in 12th place; William Esrey (80) is in 16th; and Preston Fleenor (81) and Charlie Hamilton (81) are tied for 19th.
Cobb and Mitchell usually occupy the fourth and fifth spots in the Raiders’ lineup.
“It’s like a great insurance policy,” coach Evan Scobie said. “When you have your Nos. 1, 2 and 3 endure a couple of bad breaks, you need other guys to play well. That’s exactly what Zach and Jack did. It’s a testament to their ability to compete.”
Barstow has a 4-stroke lead in the Missouri Class 2 meet. Rockhurst is in second place in the Missouri Class 4 meet.
Harrisonville golfer Nick Johnson is tied for 25th place in Class 3.
The first day is only half the battle. The second day crowns the champions.
“It’s a good place to be as far as having the lead, obviously,” Scobie said. “And quite honestly, their best golf is yet to be played.”
Rockhurst second in Class 4
If the Rockhurst Hawklets are to win their seventh state championship in the last nine years, they will have to come from behind to do it.
Rockhurst posted a team score of 318 on Monday at The Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, and it sits 7 shots behind first-place Rock Bridge.
“Tomorrow is a new day. The best part about it is no matter how well or poorly you played today, you get another shot,” Rockhurst coach Mark Nusbaum said. “The kids are going to have to make some adjustments and hopefully shoot a better score. They believe they can do it.”
Peter Dierks posted a 76 to lead the Hawklets, with Kevin Lane (77), Anderw Knopke (82), Greg Watkins (83) and Luke Henke (86) rounding out the team slate.
Lane highlighted his round with a hole-in-one on the 11th hole.
Liberty posted a 335 as a team Monday and will enter the second round Tuesday in seventh place in Class 4. Blue Jays freshman Sam Parrott is in 18th place after carding a 78.
Blue Springs South golfer Kyle Barbee is tied for 23rd.
Barstow leads Class 2
After a shaky start to the first day of the Class 2 meet at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club in Bolivar, Barstow found its groove and grabbed a 4-shot lead after Monday’s round.
Alec Adkins and Tripp Walsworth are tied for 12th place after carding 80s.
“We started out pretty slow, but they calmed down and started to play golf instead of worrying about what everyone else was going to shoot,” Barstow coach Joe Taylor said.
Barstow’s Thomas Dunn and Summit Christian Academy’s Tim Cook shot 83. They are tied for 20th.