After moving from high school in Oklahoma, Blue Springs South High School junior Kyle Barbee said he knew he would need to refine one particular golf shot in his arsenal to stay competitive. He calls it the “knock-down” — a low, line-drive blast designed to nullify the wind on cooler days.
The “knock-down” never came in more handy than it did Monday.
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On an especially breezy day at Adams Pointe Golf Club in Blue Springs, Barbee carded a 77 to win the Suburban Gold Conference tournament in his first season with the Jaguars. Three players finished only one shot back — Lee’s Summit North’s Keaton Black and Ian Mathewson and Liberty freshman Sam Parrott.
“You definitely have to learn how to hit some shots under the wind here,” Barbee said. “The weather is much worse here, so you have to find a way to grind out your scores. I was able to scramble today and save some pars.”
Ryan Drake (84), Trevor Palmer (86) and Bryan Hanneman (87) also posted scores for Blue Springs South, which finished second in the team race with a score of 334. Liberty won the tournament with 331. Following the Jaguars in the six-team division were Lee’s Summit North with 335, Blue Springs 350, Lee’s Summit 356 and Raymore-Peculiar 365.
Barbee raced to an early lead by shooting 1-under par on the front nine. He posted consecutive bogeys on Nos. 12, 13 and 14 before regaining his momentum.
“The front nine is scorable, but on the back nine you just have to find a way to keep the ball in play,” Barbee said. “It was really tough to keep it going and fight through the bogeys, but I kept my head on straight. I stayed calm.”
It’s not a bad time to be posting low scores.
Blue Springs South will join Belton, Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit West, Raymore-Peculiar, Raytown, Rockhurst, Ruskin and Truman for the Missouri Class 4, District 7 tournament next Monday at the Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence. The top two teams will qualify their full squads for the sectional tournament a week later. The next best 15 individual placers — golfers who are not already on the two qualifying teams — will also advance to sectionals.
“This gives me a lot of confidence. I’m pleased with this round,” Barbee said. “I’m hoping I can continue to play well and win districts. I’m going to do my best to play low again next week.”
The top-10 finishers in the Suburban Gold Conference tournament Monday were named to the all-conference team.
In addition to Barbee, Parrott, Black, Mathewson, Drake and Palmer, Blue Springs’ Steven Shaw and Jackson Koenig, and Liberty’s Garrett Wiesner and Collin Schmidt received all-conference honors.
With four playerz shooting in the 70s, Lee’s Summit West ran away with the Suburban Red Conference golf championship Monday at Drumm Farm Golf Club in Independence.
Kerry Maguire led the way for the Titans with a 77 on the par-72 course, sharing medalist honors with Park Hill South’s Tanner Owen.
Nelson Searcy (78), Blake Kobel (78) and Robert McKee (79) also finished in the top five for the Titans, who totaled 312 strokes and bested second-place Park Hill South by 15 strokes. St. Joseph Central (337), Truman (361) and Park Hill (362) rounded out the team scores.
Truman’s Brian Billings also received all-conference honors, placing seventh with an 80.
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.
Fort Osage’s Micah Lewis, Raytown’s Dillon Gercone and Belton’s Jackson Porter and Anthony Herrera tied for fourth place with 89s.
William Chrisman golfer Jake Becker shot 90 for the final all-conference spot.
Staley 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).
Kearney golfers Adam 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, which scored a 322.
Grandview’s Anthony Nwaneri placed 10th to earn all-conference honors.
Liberty North (356), Winnetonka (365), Platte County (371), Raytown South (433) and Grandview (446) closed out the team standings.