Liberty High School freshman Sam Parrott has made a subtle change in his first season of high school golf. It has virtually nothing to do with his swing.
“I’ve learned to control the mental part of my game,” Parrott said. “I just try to stay focused and not get upset on the course. I’m just seeing where that takes me.”
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So far, so good.
Parrott finished in a three-way tie for second place Monday in the Suburban Gold Conference golf tournament at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs. He was one shot behind winner Kyle Barbee from Blue Springs South.
Liberty won the team portion of the event with a 331 score, three shots better than Blue Springs South and four better than Lee’s Summit North.
“My expectations definitely weren’t to do this (well),” Parrott said. “I wanted to give the team a good score and see where it put us.”
Teammates Garrett Wiesner (81) and Collin Schmidt (83) were also awarded all-conference honors Monday by finishing in the top-10. Wayne Baker and Conner McCoy carded 89s for the Blue Jays.
It’s not a bad time to be posting low scores.
Liberty will join Kearney, North Kansas City, Oak Park, Park Hill, Park Hill South, Staley, Winnetonka, Fort Osage, William Chrisman and St. Joseph Central for the Missouri Class 4, District 8 tournament next Monday at Staley Farms Golf Club. The top two teams will qualify their full squads for the sectional tournament a week later. The next best 15 individual placers — those who are not already on the two qualifying teams — will also advance to sectionals.
“This will be big for us,” Parrott said of the Blue Jays’ winning the conference title. “If we can all get some good scores, I think we’ll be in good shape for districts.”
Kearney senior Adam Lechner spent the majority of last spring’s Missouri Class 4 state tournament on top of the leaderboard before fading to sixth place over the final stretch.
With the postseason only one week away, Lechner is picking up steam toward earning a chance at redemption.
Lechner and teammate Pierce Moling tied for first place in the Suburban Blue Conference golf tournament Monday at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex with Lechner winning a scorecard tiebreaker. They paced the team victory for Kearney’s team total of 322.
Winnetonka golfers Bradon Bush and Blake Taylor finished third and fourth, respectively, with Liberty North’s Drew Neuerburg rounding out the top-five.
Liberty North (356), Winnetonka (365), Platte County (371), Raytown South (433) and Grandview (446) closed out the team standings.
Kearney golfers Collin Barker and Andy Prewitt, Platte County’s Chase Beamer, Liberty North’s Logan Graybill and Grandview’s Anthony Nwaneri also received all-conference honors by placing in the top 10.
Staley cruised to the Suburban White Conference golf championship Monday, an effort led by Josh Burd, who took medalist honors by carding an 82 at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex.
The Falcons compiled a team total of 350, followed by Oak Park (373), Belton (386), Fort Osage (388), Raytown (389), William Chrisman (398) and North Kansas City (415).
Burd won the tournament by six stokes with Oak Park’s Ryan McManus and North Kansas City’s Cole Gage sharing second place after they each posted 88.
Staley owned five of the top 15 spots en route to its team title. Zach Hockemeier and Paden Himmelberg tied for fifth; Brandon Seely was 10th; and Dylan Early placed 15th.
The top 10 placers (plus ties) were named to the all-conference team. Oak Park golfers Christian Vrtiska and Ryan Bennett earned all-conference honorable mention.
Seeking a second straight trip to the Missouri Class 4 state golf tournament, Park Hill South’s Tanner Owen is heating up at the right time.
Owen shared medalist honors Monday in the Suburban Red Conference tournament at Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence by tying Lee’s Summit West’s Kerry Maguire. Each posted 77s on the par-72 course.
Lee’s Summit West won the tournament with a team score of 312, followed by Park Hill South at 327.
Four Park Hill South golfers received all-conference honors. In addition to Owen, Trey Brown was eighth, Nick Sobba was ninth and Luke Becker 10th.